Rare and extremely beautiful, this superb, very-early-flowering plant opens its perfumed, four-petalled heads in early in April, and then on into May before dying down to a sleeping tuber, rather as celandines and snowdrops do. This valuable display occurs well before any other blooms open and well before the main flush of flowers appears. Ideal in a shady or woodland environment, it bears leaves divided into seven leaflets, with stems carrying several very pretty white flowers, pinkish in bud. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by bees, flies and moths. Very few seeds are ever 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:Pinnate Coralroot, Seven-leaved toothwort, Ladies Smock
Packet Content:5 (Approx)