Kerria- Jew’s Mallow

Deciduous ornamental shrubs; because of their green twigs they remain striking even in winter.

Situation:

Tolerates a fair amount of shade and may be used in semi-wild groups of plants, shrub borders etc. In very severe winters the branches may be seriously damaged by frost, but the Jew’s mallow will always put forth new shoots.

Soil:

If possible porous, not too rich, soil.

Propagation:

From ground shoots.

Kerria japonica: Height to 3 m; isolated, double yellow flowers mid to late spring. The leaves are 5 cm in length, oval in shape, pointed and doubly serrated, somewhat downy on the reverse. The single-flowered form is officially called var simplex. This is often referred to as the common species, while the double form is then called ‘Pleniflora’. The cultivar ‘Picta’ has white-blotched leaves.

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