Mathiasella bupleuroides 'Green Dream'
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The must-have plant of Chelsea 2007 - a jade-green umbel of flowers backed by paler jade bracts opens and persists until autumn - before turning pink - a feature for cool shade
- Position: full sun to partial shade
- Soil: rich but well drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: April to June
- Hardiness: frost hardy (will need protection during winter)
Fabulous, nodding, jade-green, bell-like bracts appear from April to June gradually turning pink and persisting well into autumn. This interesting plant has umbelliferous flowerheads that slightly resemble those of lovage and angelica, and is great for cutting and drying. Originally from Mexico, this genus is named after the California plantswoman Mildred Mathias, who discovered it in 1954. Crocus were the first to preview this plant in our garden at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2007.
- Garden care: These plants are quite tolerant of low temperatures however it is important that you make sure the plant does not get too wet during the colder weather. Provide a generous layer of mulch around the base of the plant in spring.
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Q:My Mathiasella is huge and overwhelming other perennials around and under it. At present it is in full flower....is it ok to cut it back after flowering...there are some non flowering shoots lower down. Any hints on how to propagate it? Could I divide it later this year.Wonderful plant.Asked on 1/5/2014 by claribel from Leicestershire
I would recommend cutting back the flowering stems after the flowers have faded to keep the plant (relatively) compact, and you should be able to propagate it by taking root cuttings taken in autumn.Answered on 2/5/2014 by helen from crocus
Q:Do I cut mathiesella right down to the bottom as with other perennials, they are rather tall and straggly, but new growth is showing at the top. worried about cutting it back as it is hollow, they flowered so well last yearAsked on 7/3/2013 by okavango from Shropshsire
I am please to hear you plant put on such a good show last year - they are amazing plants! As the worst of the winter weather has now passed, the dead stems of these plants can be cut back to just above the soil level without causing any harm at all.Answered on 7/3/2013 by Helen from Crocus