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June 22, 2011

If a plant can stop cars? This one will.

THIS CRAMBE CORDIFOLIA WILL STOP CARS, SIMPLE BECAUSE OF IT'S SIZE, A MASSIVE POOF OF THOUSANDS OF WHITE FLOWERS THAT CREATE A CLOUD AS BIG AS A CAR.
Garden writers will tell you that it smells like honey, I will add that it smells more like Honey and wet diapers, if you get my drift. I could say Horehound, (or a wet, pissy Horhound?) might be exactly what it smells like. It's OK in small doses, but this plant doesn't do 'small' very well. I have always found room for Crambe cordifolia in my garden borders, but I would suggest that you site it carefully. for both it's scent, and it's ultimate volume.
A SIX FOOT TALL CRAMBE CORDIFOLIA, A RELATIVE IN THE CABBAGE FAMILY, IS A RARELY SEEN BUY IMPRESSIVE GARDEN PERENNIAL WHICH PRODUCES A MASSIVE CLOUD OF FRAGRANT BABIES-BREATH LIKE WAXY WHITE FLOWERS ON STIFF BRANCHES.


IN THE RIGHT LOCATION, THIS SPECIES MAKES A TERRIFIC GARDEN PLANT, SADLY, IT IS NOT LONG-LIVED, BEHAVING MORE LIKE A BIENNIAL IN MOST GARDENS. LOOK FOR PLANTS AT BETTER GARDEN CENTERS TO SAVE TIME, AND PLAN FOR BLOOMS FOR THE FOLLOWING YEAR, AND PERHAPS THE YEAR AFTER THAT.


5 comments :

  1. The smell is one of the reasons I've avoided it. Why is it most large leaved plants also produce flowers that stink?

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  2. Beautiful! I'm definitely going to give it a try. If it can survive Iowa winters.

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  3. Matt, I've really enjoyed reading through your blog these past couple of days. You have a beautiful garden and your pictures are great. Nice to know that there are other local folks passionate about this kind of stuff.

    Oh, Sorry to hear about duck eggs!

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  4. Matt I tried growing this two years in a row in the northern Catskills I am so jealous....A wonder beauty! Tips?

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  5. Heytried growing this beauty two years in a row in my Catskill garden to no luck...Tips?

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