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Yellow wax-bells

Kirengeshoma palmata

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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 CharacteristicsThis 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.

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

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

ProblemsSlugs and snails may damage young growth and leaves.

  • Genus : Kirengeshoma
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Light : Partial Shade
  • Bloom Time : Summer
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
  • Flower Color : Yellow

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