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Kirengeshoma palmata

Kirengeshoma palmata
yellow waxbells

Common name yellow waxbells
Family hydrangeaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z5-9)
Flowers yellow (late summer)
Size 18"
Light part shade
Cultural notes rich, moist, well-drained soil
From seed Give 1-2 months cold, then germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below

Asian woodland perennial, grown as much for its handsome foliage as for its flowers. Several attempts, both from seed and by mail order, did not yield any viable plants, but our latest try, with a healthy plant from a local nursery, has been more successful: I got to see the flowers in late August, and lo and behold, after making me nervous for a few weeks in April, it decided to show itself in early May. Bigger and better this year, I hope.

Kirengeshoma palmata
New growth in early May

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '01/'02 HPS/MAG exchange. Pot set outside in mid-February, no germination
  2. Same seed as above, baggy 35F (13w) - 70F (11d; moldy)
  3. Seed from '04/'05 HPS/MAG exchange. Baggy 35F (6w) - 70F (17d; 80%G, 3-14d). Of those germinated, only a few developed into healthy seedlings.

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