LINNAEA Twin Flower

It is appropriate that this wild flower which grows in the colder regions of Sweden should have been named after Linnaeus, that country’s most famous scientist. It is an excellent choice if you have a large damp and shady area to cover. The tangled mat of stems and rounded evergreen leaves spreads quickly, bearing dainty bell-like flowers during the summer months. The soil should not be chalky.

VARIETIES: There is just one species – L. borealis. The basic details are height 2 in., spread 2 ft.

Flowering period: May-July. From the prostrate carpet of stems and leaves the short flower stalks appear, each one topped by a pair of pale pink flowers – hence the common name. Make sure you have the right conditions before buying this plant – it would be a waste of money to plant it on a sandy, sunny site.

SITE AND SOIL: Requires moist, humus-rich soil in partial shade.

PROPAGATION: Peg down runners with small wire hoops. When rooted, sever from the mother plant and transfer the rooted cutting to its new site.

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