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Armoracia rusticana 'Variegata'

 
Armoracia rusticana 'Variegata'
variegated horseradish
Armoracia rusticana 'Variegata'
By mid-April, the foliage has pushed up into a nice clump, and a little variegation is already evident

Common name variegated horseradish
Life cycle perennial (Z3-10)
Size 3'
Light full sun
Cultural notes rich soil, not too dry

This very striking plant does not like to be disturbed. In fact, its wonderful variegation recedes every time it feels violated, only to return when it gets comfortable once again. I saw this in the Niagara Falls botanical garden, and knew I had to have it in our garden. That was years ago, and it has finally found a more or less permanent place in our garden, which allows the full potential of the foliage to come out. The variegation is variable - some leaves are almost completely white, others coarsely blotched, still others more finely patterned. Certainly a plant I enjoy having around!

variegated horseradish
Some years it wants to bloom. Note the very different flower-stalk leaves.
Armoracia rusticana 'Variegata'
Flowers are hardly showy - I cut the inflorescence after taking these photos, to allow the plant to work on its leaves instead.

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: sale plot

One or more images of this plant are included in my stock photo catalog

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