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Shortia Genus

Fringebells

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General Needs

  • LightPart shade or Shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Sandy, Humus-rich, Peaty
  • WaterMoist

Description

Shortia genus (Fringebells). There are about 6 species of evergreen stemless plants with creeping roots. The long-stalked leaves are produced from rosettes, with round or heart-shaped and rather glossy leaves. The flowers may be white, blue or pink, and are either single or in small heads and are rather nodding. They are fully hardy and will need shade or semi-shade with well drained peaty, sandy, acidic soil. Propagation is by runners in the summer or by seeds.

Characteristics

Perennials, Evergreens, Herbaceous

Origin

E. Asia

Cultivation

They will need a deeply shady spot with humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil. You can propagate by division or from rooted runners.

Propagation

Runners in summer or by seed when available.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Prone to slugs and snails outdoors, aphids under glass.

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