PLANT OF THE MONTH
S. Saligna, although less scented than many Sarcococca, is one of the most unusual and graceful.
Originating from northern Pakistan, it grows to around 1.2m in height and is spread with long, willow-like evergreen leaves on arching branches. One of the earliest to bloom, its greenish-white flowers are usually produced before Christmas making it particularly useful for festive arrangements. The flowers are followed by purple berries the following autumn.
S. saligna is best grown in shade or part shade in moderately fertile humusrich soil.