• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Podophyllum versipelle 'Spotty Dotty' (PBR) (v)

AGM plants

AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

  • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
  • Available to buy
  • Of good constitution
  • Essentially stable in form & colour
  • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

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  • Synonyms Podophyllum 'Spotty Dotty'

  • Family Berberidaceae

  • Genus Podophyllum are rhizomatous perennials with lobed leaves, varying in shape from hexagon to starburst, with a central stem. The leaves are thick and textured, with prominent veins and often marbled or mottled in shades of green and brown. The flowers are cup- or bell-shaped, upright or hanging, in red, pink or white, and may be followed by red or yellow fruit

  • Details 'Spotty Dotty' is a rhizomatous, herbaceous perennial with large, umbrella-shaped leaves that have pointed lobes and are heavily-spotted with bronze, particularly in spring. Dark red, hanging, narrow, bell-shaped flowers appear below the leaves in late spring or early summer

Characteristics

  • Foliage Semi-evergreen

  • Habit Bushy

  • Toxicity All parts of the plant are highly toxic if eaten

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H4

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Shade

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect North-facing or East-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered

Soil

  • Clay

    Clay

  • Loam

    Loam

  • MoistureMoist but well-drained

  • SoilClay, Loam

  • pHAcid, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in humus-rich, leafy, moist soil in full or partial shade, sheltered from wind

Propagation Divide in spring or late summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Ground Cover Low Maintenance Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs Architectural City & Courtyard Gardens Cottage & Informal Garden

How to care

Pruning Remove old leaves in spring

Pests Emerging leaves may be damaged by slugs and snails

Diseases Normally disease free

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