HARDY PERENNIALS: ASCLEPIAS

A. tuberosa. If this plant, with its startling colour, were more adaptable it could be seen in every garden. But it is unfortunately rather faddy, disliking clay and chalky soils and needing light, sandy soil with perfect drainage and a sunny position. Its tap roots have a small terminal crown from which shoots appear in May, and their crowns are easily damaged when dormant. Stems reach 15-20 inches, branching at the top into a glistening orange head from July to September. A much easier species exists in A. incarnata. This makes stout and leafy bushes up to 4 feet high with waxy heads of deep rose pink. It will grow in ordinary soil, and can be divided in spring.

ASCLEPIAS tuberosa

ASCLEPIAS tuberosa

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