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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Shredded Umbrella in the Garden

Here's an oddity that a fellow gardener shared with me last year. It is Syneilesis aconitifolia. Commerce dictated that it be given a "common" name, thus it is presently sold under the name 'shredded umbrella plant.'

It is a woodland species in the aster/composite family and is native to China, Japan and Korea. The flowers are of no consequence, but the leaves are pretty far-out. This is the plant's first year in my garden, and I expect it will fill in and expand in just a few years.

To me, the big thrill is seeing this plant emerge in the spring. You have to get on the belly to appreciate it, but ain't it strange? More like an emerging mushroom than anything else. Spooky!


Something happened to my primroses this year. I seem to have lost Primula kisoana (generally an easy thing to cultivate) as well as all my cultivars of the revered Japanese primrose, Primula sieboldii (search this plant on google and check out all the images!).  I have to assume my losses are due to the cold winter.

But here is one primrose that is putting on a nice show right now: Primula japonica. Hard to believe I started with just a couple specimens grown from seed!
Syneilesis aconitifolia
Syneilesis aconitifolia


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