Yellow wax-bells

Kirengeshoma palmata

Photo/Illustration: 
Courtesy of White Flower Farm
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Yellow wax-bells (Kirengeshoma palmata)
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Genus:  Kirengeshoma

This hardy, clump-forming perennial bears pendulous, shuttlecock-shaped soft-yellow blossoms in late August and early September. The plant has attractive, glossy, 4- to 8-inch-long, maple-leaf-shaped leaves.

Noteworthy Characteristics: 

This unusual flowering perennial is native to mountainous areas of Japan and Korea. Survives the -20ºF winters of USDA Zone 5, as well as winters of warmer climates.

Care: 

Grow in rich, moist, acidic soil. Shelter from wind.

Propagation: 

Divide as soon as growth begins in spring, taking care not to damage young, tender shoots.

Problems: 

Slugs and snails may damage young growth and leaves.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Light
Part Shade Only
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Bloom Time
Summer
Flower Color
Yellow
Uses
Beds and Borders
Style
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest

Kirengeshoma palmata