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Plant of the Week: Kirengeshoma palmata (Yellow Wax Bells)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter.

Yellow wax bells (Kirengeshoma palmata) is an exception to the rule that most shade-loving perennials bloom in the spring. Growing to a stately six feet tall and producing numerous waxy, bright-yellow, bell-shaped blooms, it really does live up to its name.plant-2

plant-1These blooms open from August into September, and it is a lovely plant for a tree-shaded garden area.close-up

Related to the hydrangea, it is native of Japan and Korea but makes itself perfectly at home here in our Shade Border. There is a large clump near to the arbor—close enough to admire while you are seated on one of the benches.setting

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