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Herbaceous Perennial

Morina longifolia

long-leaved whorlflower

M. longifolia forms a compact rosette of spiny-margined, lance-shaped, glossy leaves to 30cm long, with white flowers 3cm long opening in mid summer, soon ageing to pink, then crimson

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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Pink Red White Green
Autumn Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

West–facing or South–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Caprifoliaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Morina are rosette-forming, evergreen, thistle-like perennial with aromatic, spiny leaves and whorls of slender-tubed flowers with spreading lobes borne in spikes in summer

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Himalaya

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in sharply-drained poor soil with full sun and protect from winter wet. Plants dislike disturbance

Propagation

Propagate by seed in a coldframe as soon as ripe with one seed per container of gritty seed compost. Can be propagated by winter root cuttings but plants do not like root disturbance

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Gravel garden
  • Coastal
  • Rock garden
  • Mediterranean climate plants
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Seedheads are useful for dried flower arrangements

Pests

Susceptible to slugs and snails

Diseases

Subject to rot, especially in shade

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