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Herbaceous Perennial

Bongardia chrysogonum

bongardie

A tuberous perennial with grey-green pinnate leaves arising directly from the tuber; each leaflet is toothed at the top with a reddish-purple blotch at the base. Honey-scented spring flowers to 1.5cm across are a rich golden-yellow and borne on branched stems up to around 30cm tall

Synonyms
Bongardia rauwolfii
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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Gold Yellow Green Grey Silver
Summer Green Grey Silver
Autumn
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Drought resistance
Yes
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Berberidaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Columnar upright
Name status

Correct

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in a well-drained soil in full sun protected from excessive wet; keep hot and dry during summer dormancy

Propagation

Propagate by seed

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Gravel garden
  • Patio and container plants
  • Rock garden
  • Low Maintenance
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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