Syneilesis aconitifolia

I first met this plant at Crug Farm Nursery in Wales and even without flowers or even any idea into what family it belonged I was smitten.

It is an Asian woodlander and I still find it hard to believe that it is a daisy!

the leaves when they first erupt from the ground look like just unfolding umbrellas with ripped fabric or some sort of strange white haired fungi or spider and as the foliage maturers it looses the fluff but remains elegant and far too aristocratic to be a daisy! When it flowers in summer it has heads of tiny flowers on 30cm. stems that are something of a let down but perhaps not as boring as some people suggest, they probably feel let down after such fabulous leaves.

A moist soil in light shade with ample leaf mould will be a fitting environment for this lovely perennial foliage plant and plant around it with other beauties of the woods such as Kiringishoma, Podophyllums and if you have to Hostas! I have plants in 6″ pots for $18.50.Syneilsis aconitifolia


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