Kirengeshoma palmata, also known as yellow waxbells is a rather unusual woodland plant.
I featured it way back in 2006, a time when I was not too sure where I was going with my blog, in fact, I was totally groping in the dark and did not do this amazing plant the justice it deserves.
Time for a revisit.
*** Kirengeshoma in our garden ***
This unusual, and not that common perennial was moved from pillar to post in our garden over the years.
It proved to perform best of all in a position that did not receive full sun for most of the day, in fact in a south facing spot it was quite dismal.
Eventually, Kirengeshoma found its permanent home in our woodland area.
Blooming in September, some years it was spectacular, in others the biting winds and unseasonable cold weather in Aberdeen caused a fair bit of damage to the plant.
However, more often than not, it gave a good show, and was another of those perennials, that made me look forward to seeing the young shoots push through the soil in early May. Being so late in coming through the soil, I would at times think the Winter had put an end to it.
We all have different experiences with garden plants, personally I would rate this one nine out of ten, and probably would have given it a ten if it weren’t for the damage caused by the harsher weather conditions in the far north of the country.
*** plant description ***
The Japanese herbaceous plant Kirengeshoma palmata generally grows to a height of between 90cm/3ft – 120cm/4ft. The dark bronzy/purple slim stems are robust, yet slightly arching, support is usually not required.
Take care not to tread on the emerging shoots in late Spring, when most other herbaceous plants are well through.
The mid green leaves are quite large and Sycamore shaped. In late Summer, the flower buds will be visible on slender stems, it will likely be early Autumn before they open.
Those tubular bell shaped, waxy, creamy yellow flowers are well worth waiting until September for, each one about an inch long.
The irony is, although Kirengeshoma prefers a cool shady spot, its also prone to flower damage from early frost.
Being a woodlander, soil on the acidic side is essential.
Your plant may take a few years to clump up, when you feel its large enough to divide, lift it in Spring when the shoots have come through.
Kirengeshoma requires the soil to be moist but free draining, take care it doesn’t dry out in Summer and feed only very lightly.
*** Hardiness *** fully hardy, any suggestion to tenderness is in regard to flower damage from frost.
*** Position *** woodland/partial shade.
*** Soil *** loamy,deep acidic soil
The Woodpecker is now a regular visitor, seldom stays long enough to get a shot.
At last a little sunshine, lighting up the dogwood in the woodland area.
This is our woodland path, facing North, its long and straight and rather waterlogged after a few miserable wet days.
There is room for some wood land plants at either side of the path.
We are thinking of putting in some Clematis and Honeysuckle to scramble over the lower canopy, and also plant some English bluebells and Daffs.
I will keep updating on the progress.
The South facing side is not quite so wet. The Clematis Montana which requires little pruning arrived this morning, should be ideal and also the native Honeysuckle (Heaven scent) also arrived. Think I will also order some native Daffodils and Bluebells available in the green.
*** Clematis Montana – Buy now ***
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