8 SEEDS PER PACKET

The flowers of Hepatica maxima are relatively small, mainly white or very pale pink, surrounded by a comparatively large green involucre. Flowering in April in the wild. The shiny black and white seed ripens much later and is the largest of all hepaticas. The handsome, evergreen, biennial foliage is the largest of all hepaticas growing up to 15cm. across. The thick leathery leaves have three-lobes which are very rounded, and edged with a hairy fringe, something like eyelashes. Sometimes the underside of the leaves can be a purplish-red.

The Asiatic hepaticas require an extremely sheltered position if grown outside. Plant on a cool, well-drained slope in a light ‘fluffy’ soil rich in leaf mould. It is essential that they are exposed to early spring sunshine, but they must receive plenty of shade immediately after flowering and especially during the heat of the summer. They will thrive under deciduous trees and shrubs or in crevices in the rock garden, performing best where there is good humidity. They respond well to a top-dressing of leaf-mould in autumn and an annual feed of fish, blood and bone in late winter. Remove old leaves just before flowering. Many enthusiasts prefer to grow the Asiatic hepaticas in clay pots in the protected environment of an alpine house or poly-tunnel.

Full cultural instructions are sent with every order.

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United Kingdom (England, Wales, Mainland Scotland, Scottish Islands, Scottish Highlands, Isle of Wight, Northern Ireland, Isles of Scilly), Isle of Man, Jersey, Guernsey, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United States, Japan, Canada, Australia, Norway

Available to pre-order. This item will be available for despatch from April 2015. We will contact you when they are available.