PHYTOLACCA AMERICANA 'SILBERSTEIN'
This new and lovely variegated form of the hardy herbaceous "Indian Poke" plant has beautifully marbled and mottled cream leaves. In late summer and autumn the stems are studded with deepest ruby, almost black, crinkled berries. Growing and flowering from seed the first year, it makes a valuable addition to gardens, but cover the roots with mulch in winter to ensure it gets through the winter.
For best results, sow immediately onto a good soil-based compost. Cover the seeds with fine grit or compost to approximately their own depth. They can be sown at any time, and germination can sometimes be quicker if kept at 15 to 20 degrees C. We sow most seeds in an unheated greenhouse and wait for natural germination, as many seeds have built-in dormancy mechanisms, often waiting for natural spring germination, hence giving them a full season of growth.