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Saruma henryi

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Saruma henryi is as sublime as it is uncommon. Its velvety leaves and distinctively shaped, soft yellow flowers make it a superb specimen in a shady border, where it can contrast with more finely textured plants.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsSaruma bears stems and leaves that are densely pubescent, giving the plant an overall silvery felted look early in the season. Its one-inch, pale yellow flowers have three petals and are borne at the tips of each stem in spring and intermittently through late summer. It forms an upright perennial, 2 feet high by 2.5 feet wide, with heart-shaped leaves that fan out horizontally in all directions. This Chinese native is choice for the woodland garden as a single specimen or in drifts.

CareGrow in partial to full shade in moist or slightly dry, well-drained soil; tolerates both alkaline and acid soils.

PropagationSow seed while fresh. Propagates easily by tissure culture.

  • Genus : Saruma
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Flower Color : Green, Yellow
  • Uses : Ground Covers, Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Light : Partial Shade
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage, Showy Seed Heads
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Bloom Time : Summer
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  1. harnekskharod 07/01/2017

    Bloom time Summer and seasonal interest Spring. Not sure what does it mean. In north east Saruma flowers in mid spring as soon as comes out of ground and leaves look great all through growing season.

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