In May and June attractive fuzzy heads of pure white flowers display on long stems before the black berries ripen in July and August.The flowers are hermaphrodite, having both male and female organs, and are pollinated by beetles and butterflies. The smell of the plant is reputed to drive away vermin, and for home-dyers a black dye is obtained from the berries when alum is used as a mordant. Oh, and the seeds contain tannin.
For best results, sow seeds as soon as you receive them in a cool place onto a good soil-based compost. Cover the seeds with fine grit or compost to approximately their own depth. These seeds can be very slow indeed to germinate, and as a rule they wait for spring before emerging whenever they are sown. Please be very patient, and do not discard the seed pan, no matter how long it takes for germination to occur.
Common name:EURASIAN BANEBERRY, HERB CHRISTOPHER
Packet Content:10+ (Approx)