Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Kirengeshoma - Waxbells

* photo taken on April 11 2010 @ U.S. National Arboretum

* photo taken on May 5 2010 @McCrillis Gardens, Bethesda, MD

* photos taken on May 8 2010 @ U.S. National Arboretum, D.C.


* photo taken on annual Horticultural Society of Maryland Garden Tour


* photo taken on annual Horticultural Society of Maryland Garden Tour


Kirengeshoma koreana
Reaches up to 7 x 5 feet with dull green, sharply lobed foliage and 2 inch waxy yellow flowers borne in erect flower clusters from August to October. It is native to mountains of Korea.
The stems are purple.
Hardy zones 3 to 8 in partial shade to shade on deep, fertile, moist soil. It is very similar and enjoys the same conditions as Kirengeshoma palmata.

* photos taken on May 27 2017 @ Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Vienna, VA


Kirengeshoma palmata ( Yellow Waxbells )
A rhizomatous, clumping foliage perennial, up to 7 feet across that is native to mountain forests in southern Japan.
The opposite Maple-like leaves are toothed and lobed, up to 10 x 8 inches. The foliage is light green.
The nodding, tightly-tubular, 2 inch, bell-shaped yellow flowers are borne in gracefully drooping clusters on stalks up to 6 feet high in June and July.
Hardy zones 4 to 8 in partial shade to shade on deep, moist, fertile, acidic soil. These awesome tropical looking plants actually prefer cool wooded areas. Some of the best plants are seen in Vermont and in the Great Lakes. In ideal climates, the Yellow Waxbells remains healthy green even in September. It is long lived and also deer resistant. Can be slow to establish, clumps should not be divided for at least 3 years and it is better to cut from the edges leaving the center of the original clump intact.

* photo of unknown internet source

* photos taken on Aug 1 2013 in Stratford, Ontario

* photo taken on Apr 23 2017 @ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD

* photo taken on Aug 5 2017 @ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD

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