Monday, 19 May 2014

Bupleurum longifolium Bronze

Bupleurum angulosum ex Copper
A very unusual umbellifer, the umbels of flowers being condensed into a head surrounded by coloured bracts - in this case the whole inflorescence and the leaves immediately below it being heavily tinted with a rich reddish brown, which contrasts gorgeously with the soft green oval leaves.

Bupleurum angulosum ex Copper
There seems to be a lot of confusion about the name of this plant. I've seen it offered as angulosum and perfoliatum, and called Copper form. The name used here seems like the best fit though.
Bupleurum angulosum Copper
As time goes on it just gets better and better.
An easy perennial for a rich moist soil in sun or part shade.
1L pots ~ £8

Derwentia (Parahebe) perfoliata

Derwentia perfoliata
A most peculiar plant (known in its native land as Digger's Speedwell I understand) totally unlike any of the related Veronicas and Hebes - striking for both flowers and foliage. Also one of the very few Australian mainland plants that can genuinely be relied upon the grow almost anywhere.
Derwentia perfoliata
I've grown it successfully on chalk near Lewes and heavy soils that flood periodically at Pool Meadow (where these pictures were taken). An easy evergreen perennial, best in sun. Runs a bit.
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