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Lilac poker-like flowers, red in bud
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Deciduous - broadly lance-shaped leaves to 30cm (12in) long
Purple - Shades of purple/mauve/lilac/violet - lilac, red in bud
Height - 30-60cm (1-2ft)
Spread - 30cm (12in)
Herbaceous - Early in the year, typically January till end of March, herbaceous plants might be supplied in 9cm pots to ensure timely despatch. - rosette-forming, often short-lived, perennial.
Hardy - cold winter - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
Partial shade - will tolerate full sun if soil remains moist.
Additional Features - Pests & Diseases - aphids, red spider mite, vine weevil, slugs, viruses, grey mould(Botrytis)
Place of origin - China (northwestern Yunnan, southwestern Sichuan). Introduced into UK by George Forrest in 1906.
Flower Shape - Spikes - dense spikes to 15cm (6in) long
Tubular - tubular, pendent flowers to 1cm (½in) across
Garden Location/Conditions - Bog garden
Hardiness - Fully hardy
Seasonal Interest - Summer
Soil Conditions - Neutral to acid soil - requires deep, humus-rich soil.
Wet or boggy soil
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Fertilisers & Feeds - Vitax
Q4 Pelleted Fertiliser
A useful fertiliser suitable for use on a wide variety of plants. Q4 provides all the nutrients and trace elements essential for vigorous growth, abundant flowering and ripening of fruit.
3 options from £6.00
Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
Rootgrow mycorrhizal fungi
Recommended by the RHS. Contains Rootgrow™ mycorrhizal fungi. Suitable for all trees and shrubs (except rhododendrons, azaleas, heathers, cranberries and blueberries)
2 options from £6.00
Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
All-purpose Seaweed Stimulant
All-purpose organic concentrated seaweed feed that is a ready to use, derived from sustainable harvested kelp, that can be used on all outdoor and indoor plants, except acid loving plants. Perfect used in conjunction with Rootgrow™.
Slate Plant Labels
These wonderfully tactile natural slate plant labels are hand made in Cornwall and come with a chalk pen. Just stick them in your pot or border. Pack of 6.
Protect your knees in the garden with this squishy mat. Water-repellent and light weight.