STAR OF THE MONTH

Hy­lotele­phium tele­phium ‘Pur­ple Em­peror’

Gardeners' World - - Contents -

You would be for­given for do­ing a dou­ble take at that plant name but, be not afraid, it is not a con­ta­gious dis­ease but the artist for­merly known as a se­dum. Botanists, eh? Don’t you love ’em? The glo­ri­ous thing is that if you were a bee (or a but­ter­fly) then you wouldn’t give a tup­penny fig what it was called but you would re­alise that it is a re­ally good source of late nec­tar – the plants are busy with buzzing bees for many weeks. It also looks good through the win­ter, es­pe­cially if we get a good hard frost. Care Tends to flop in sum­mer, so cut back a third of the stems in May (the Chelsea Chop) to make it lighter and pro­long flow­er­ing. Di­vide in spring. Height x Spread 50cm x 50cm

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