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Commonly known as Barrenwort, Bishop's hat
This species is riding on a wave of popularity because of new-to-the-west species from China and Japan. The Asiatics require summer moisture whereas Europeans can be mainstays in dry shade.
Genus of more than 50 species of evergreen and deciduous rhizomatous perennials from the Mediterranean to temperate easten Asia. They are found in woodland, scrub and shady, rocky places which gives an idea of their preferences.
Deciduous - heart-shaped leaves, sometimes bronze-tinted when young, which colour well in autumn.
Bulb/Corm or rhizomatous perennial - rhizomatous perennials. Small, saucer- to cup-shaped flowers, often with spurs. Colours range through yellow, beige, white, pink, red and purple
Herbaceous - Early in the year, typically January till end of March, herbaceous plants might be supplied in 9cm pots to ensure timely despatch.
Partial shade - shelter from cold drying winds.
Additional Features - Good to know - grow as ground cover under trees or shrubs. Clip back old leaves in early spring before flower spikes form.
Pests & Diseases - vine weevil, mosaic virus.
Place of origin - Mediterranean to temperate eastern Asia.
Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil - humus-rich.
Wildlife - Rabbit Resistant
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