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Francoa sonchifolia

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Clump-forming

Resilience

Hardiness

old H3 (may need winter protection)

Colour

Flower

Pale Pink and Dark Pink in Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

wedding flower

Family

Francoaceae


Francoa are evergreen perennials with lance-shaped, sinuately lobed basal leaves and 4-petalled flowers in racemes on erect stems

F. sonchifolia is a perennial with unbranched racemes of dark-veined pale pink flowers 2cm across, in summer

Other common names

  • bridal wreath

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, East-facing, West-facing or North-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. May survive below -10°C for short periods but protect from winter wet

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Loam, Chalk or Clay

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown at 15-24°C in spring. Propagate by division in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Cut Flowers, Garden Edging, Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs, City/Courtyard Gardens or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free