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27 November

Syneilesis palmata
Syneilesis palmata 
Syneilesis palmata is an unusual perennial that comes from China. It starts into growth in spring with the emergence of the leaves from the rhizome, as illustrated in the photo above. It spreads out slowly beneath the soil surface and gradually bulks up over time. The leaves are folded up as the emerge with a thick coating of silky fine white hairs giving it the unique fluffy appearance you can see in the photo. As the leaves unfold they lose these hair but continue to look extremely striking. We have found it fairly easy to grow and it likes to be grown in moist well drained open soil.


3 comments:

Lucy Corrander - M2 says:
at: 28 November 2012 at 10:50 said...

What a weird looking plant. Can't decide whether, at this stage, it is repulsive or charming. Certainly characterful.
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Gaz says:
at: 28 November 2012 at 21:39 said...

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It has a more "normal" look once the leaves emerge.

Gardens at Waters East says:
at: 1 December 2012 at 23:05 said...

Interesting plant. Sort of strange. Thanks for the posting. Jack

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