SARUMA HENRYI

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What a mirac­u­lous plant. The first flow­ers ap­pear al­most at the same time as the bronze-pur­ple leaves push their way above ground. The plant grows steadily to about 70cm, with new flow­ers – like lit­tle yel­low flags on grey, mice-like ears – ap­pear­ing as it grows. It f low­ers April to June and again spo­rad­i­cally through­out sum­mer, when the vel­vety leaves be­come a bit dull. A per­fect plant not only for shade, but also for pots, it works well next to more pro­nounced plants, such as Hakonechloa macra ‘Aure­ola’ or Ac­taea sim­plex ‘Brunette’. The name Saruma is an ana­gram of its close rel­a­tive Asarum. Height 70cm. Ori­gin China. Con­di­tions Moist but well-drained soil; part to full shade. Har­di­ness RHS H6, USDA 5a-8b. Sea­son April to au­tumn.

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