Chloranthus fortunei

This amazing woodland perennial from China came into my collection via an importation I did years ago from Crug farm in Wales and what a great plant it is. It comes up in spring with almost black stems and leaves and as the foliage matures it turns green whilst the stems stay black. It grows to about 40cms. tall and has 4 leaves per stem clustered at the top. The arching sprays of tiny white flowers erupt from the centre of these serrated leaves in high spring. It isn’t a showy plant but it exudes elegance and class with all plant lovers that see it. It likes moist light shade and is slowish to clump up so I always have limited stock. They have just been potted into 6″ pots and cost $25.50.

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