In high summer catkins swell on long thin stems. Then a miracle occurs as they explode, like giant hairy caterpillars, into the most stunning pendulous, long-lasting, fuzzy pink flowers. It is no surprise that this exceptional plant is sometimes also called "Lilac Squirrel". This vigorous Korean and Japanese native (the species name means "coming from Haku", a mountain in Japan) is also attractive in the garden for its grey-green, heavily scalloped leaves. Few seeds collected.
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.
Common name:Korean Burnet, Lilac Squirrel
Packet Content:12 (Approx)