Sunday, September 03, 2006

Yellow Wax Bells
Kirengeshoma palmata
(kir-en-geh-SHOW-muh) (pahl-MAY-tuh)

This is a beautiful, easy plant for shade. It is hardy to USDA Zone 5 and seems not to have any disease or insect problems. While some sources say that given adequate moisture that it can reach 6 feet mine are planted near a stream and only get to 4 feet. It is a plant I often forget about until I see it blooming later in the year.

This member of the Hydrangea family has bold maple-looking foliage that helps solve two problems in the landscape, moist soil and shade. For something unusual and beautiful try Kirengeshoma palmata, you won’t be disappointed.

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