ANGELICA "HUGH JUMBLE" (Ferula melitensis)

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ANGELICA "HUGH JUMBLE" (Ferula melitensis)

$3.85 / packet

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Description

High on hot rocky hillsides on the island of Malta grow these impressive and unusual giants. When we first encountered these members of the 'umbelliferae' family, to which cow parsley, angelica, and similar plants belong, a friend remarked that compared to their relatively medium height, they had astonishingly huge umbels (or "heads") of massive seeds! We tried to identify them without success, and as most of the plant had withered, we thought they resembled an angelica. And so, the temporary name stuck! Angelica "Huge Umbel" (Hugh Jumble). And they also produced the most enormous seeds of any plant in this family we have ever seen, and we cultivate a very large number of the umbelliferae family here. Grown here in Devon, they make impressive plants, and amusing and intriguing dried flowers too! Please let us know if you can name them......Please note they are not edible. UPDATE! we have been advised by a knowledgeable customer that there is a simple reason we did not know what this lovely plant is. It was only "discovered" and named as recently as December 2018. It was finally identified that this Maltese plant, the “Ferla” (or Ferula) is endemic to the Maltese Islands, and given a new scientific name – Ferula melitensis. The Maltese plant is more robust than the Common Giant Fennel (Ferula communis) because it has had to evolve and adapt to the Islands’ conditions, and the isolation from North Africa. It also has a thicker stem, darker foliage, larger and denser inflorescences, and larger seeds (!!!)

Sowing Advice

Sow seeds IMMEDIATELY you receive them, at any time of the year, they depend on having several months, sometimes up to a year in cold, damp compost, (NOT DRY IN A FRIDGE) before they will germinate. Keep the seed tray moist in a cold greenhouse or shady corner and do not discard. These fresh seeds can be very slow to germinate but do not use any artificial heat in an attempt to germinate them as it may simply disrupt their germination mechanism causing them to enter even deeper dormancy.

Key Facts

Family:Apiaceae, Umbelliferae

Common name:GIANT-SEEDED UMBELLIFER. (new species)

Classification:Hardy perennial

Height:1.2-1.5m

Packet Content:8 (Approx)

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