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Hacquetia epipactis


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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour






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photo by Howard Rice, copyright GAP Photos (229710)

Plant details

One of Matthew Biggs' favourite plants for shade, Hacquetia epipactis produces its unsual green, yellow-eyed bracts in late winter and early spring. Emerald-green leaves follow this display. It is a clump-forming perennial that spreads slowly by short rhizomes. Fully hardy, the plant grows well in a shaded site with humus-rich, moist soil. Given the right conditions, it is generally trouble-free, although it may need some protection from slugs and snails in spring, and does not like its roots being disturbed. Propagate by division in spring.

Family: Apiaceae

Genus: Hacquetia

Species: epipactis

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Green

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Chalky/alkaline, Moist, Boggy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 5cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to divide plants: March to April

Flowering period: February to March

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