PLANT OF THE MONTH

EDP Norfolk - - GARDEN GUIDE -

Sar­co­cocca

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.

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