Bupleurum fruticosum

Shrubby hare's ear

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Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour






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photo by Neil Holmes, copyright GAP Photos (21275)

Plant details

In many coastal gardens, this shapely evergreen shrub from southern Europe is grown as a specimen border plant or massed as an effective screen and windbreak. Inland it is best protected from the cold by planting it against a wall, where it will grow taller and need pruning more often. The subtle colouring is pleasing, the bright green leaves with their silvery undersides blending well with the soft colouring of the neat, rounded heads of yellow or greenish yellow flowers. Old tangled bushes may be cut down in spring to regenerate.

Family: Apiaceae

Genus: Bupleurum

Species: fruticosum

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Blue-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 180cm

Spread: 250cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May

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