Oenanthe javanica 'Flamingo'

Water dropwort

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Flowers, Dramatic foliage



Skill level


photo by Sarah Cuttle, copyright GAP Photos (229125)

Plant details

This is an unusual, low, spreading, bushy plant, grown mainly for its colourful foliage which is like that of celery, but with cream and pink edges. The flowers resemble those of wild cow parsley the large heads of tiny blooms, off-white and individually insignificant, appear spasmodically through the summer. It is a very useful plant for giving background to a shady, damp border where other few plants thrive well. In a sunny wet border, grow it as ground cover beneath tall sun-loving plants.

Family: Apiaceae

Genus: Oenanthe

Species: javanica

Cultivar: Flamingo

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Silver variegation

Feature: Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Moist, Boggy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 35cm

Spread: 90cm

Time to divide plants: May to June

Reader reviews

st ephie

Should come with a health warning! 'Fast growing' doesn't begin to describe this. Yes, it's very pretty and in a 3" pot, it looks very delicate -a little like maidenhair fern. In reality it's a triffid in disguise - don't turn your back on it.

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