Hi Looking for a bit of advise, have just ordered another Crambe Cordifilia this year as last year tried unsuccesfully for my first attempt at growing one. It lasted approx 1 week and wilted and passed away. This was just as the rains began so no shortage of water. We have a heavy ish clay based soil, I would be greatful of any ideas to keep this young beauty. Or are they notoriously difficult to grow? It will be positioned in a SW border.
I don't think it's difficult but heavy wet clay won't suit it. Mine's in one of the poorest driest bits of the garden and it does very well
Thanks nutcutlet unfortunately as all the garden soil is clay it looks like it is a non runner
I absolutely adore this plant, saw it at a plant show last year. Any ideas on how tall/wide it grows? Also, does it need full sun or part shade?
6 foot or so tall in my soil with a sizable spread of leaves as time goes on. You can underplant with very early bulbs but it does leave a bit of a gap later when the leaves die back. It likes sun. Smells of rotten cabbage when the leaves start to go over.The leaves die back but the flowering stems dry off and would make a huge dried arrangement.
Might help and has a link to a suppliers list.
I can't see it being stocked in a mainstream GC. It's lovely, but it's big and not enough people could find room for it.
I'm sure I've seen it for sale at National Trust properties, where they sell cuttings etc from the plants in their gardens - our local one is Blickling Hall so it was probably there.
And look here http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/perennials/classid.78128/ they seem to stock it