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MONTY’S PLANT OF THE WEEK

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The but­ter­fly-like flow­ers ap­pear be­fore the fo­liage, ris­ing on del­i­cate, spindly stems but they’re much tougher than they seem, sur­viv­ing al­most any weather con­di­tions. They are the ideal flower for very dry shade, grow­ing from puck-shaped corms that should be planted a few cen­time­tres be­low the soil and do best in groups. These corms have a ten­dency to rise to the sur­face but if re­planted at a deeper level ev­ery few years, they last for decades and grow very large. Keep it well apart from as it will al­ways swamp its more del­i­cate cousin.

C. coum

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