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Bupleurum fruticosum
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shrubby hare's ear

B. fruticosum is an evergreen shrub to 2m tall, with simple, obovate, blue-green leaves and clusters of tiny yellow flowers in summer and early autumn

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Size
Ultimate height
1.5–2.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
1.5–2.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Blue Green
Summer Yellow Blue Green
Autumn Yellow Blue Green
Winter Blue Green
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Apiaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Bupleurum may be annuals, perennials or evergreen shrubs; the leaves are simple, the tiny yellow or green flowers are borne in a cluster usually subtended by petal-like green to yellow bracts

Name status

Correct

Plant range
S Europe, NW Africa

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in any well-drained soil in a warm sheltered site with full sun

Propagation

Propagate by seed in containers in a cold frame in spring; root semi-ripe cuttings in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Coastal
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Banks and slopes
  • Cut flowers
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

Pruning group 9: tolerates hard pruning

Pests

Generally trouble free

Diseases

Generally trouble free

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