Friday, December 30, 2011

Heart-Leaved Oxeye

Telekia speciosa ( Scented Ox Eye )
A vigorous, rapid spreading, thick sturdy stemmed, upright perennial, reaching a maximum size of 6.5 x 6 ( rarely over 5 ) feet, that is native from the European Alps into southern Russia.
It looks great massed in a large planting. Individual plants eventually spread to form a large clump.
The very large, attractive, toothed, ovate leaves, up to 24 x 10 inches in size, are luxuriant glossy mid-green.
The yellow, daisy-like flowers, up to 4 inches wide, are borne in large clusters during late summer into early fall.
Hardy zones 2 to 8 in full sun to partial shade on moist, deep, fertile, soil, preferring a site protected from strong winds which can damage the leaves. It is generally easy to grow and especially thrives along waters edge.

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