A really exciting herbaceous perennial, Crambe cordifolia is not one to be missed. As summer begins, the rosette of foliage erupts into an enormous nebula of small, scented flowers, guaranteed to draw the eye, later followed by green, bead-like seed pods. Bees and butterflies love it.
It’s invaluable in a herbaceous border because few other plants look quite like it, so it’s always useful for adding some contrast.
For best results, grow Crambe cordifolia in full sun or partial shade in moist, fertile and well-drained soil. Deep soil is essential to accommodate the long tap root of the plant. Crambe cordifolia has been given the Royal Horticultural Society’s prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
Take a look at this video of Monty Don planting Crambe cordifolia in his garden.
How to grow Crambe cordifolia
South facing, west facing
Position in border
- Sun exposure: Full sun
- Hardiness: Hardy
Crambe cordifolia and wildlife
Crambe cordifolia is known for attracting bees, beneficial insects, butterflies/moths and other pollinators. It has nectar/pollen rich flowers.
Attractive to Bees
Attractive to Beneficial insects
Does not attract Birds
Attractive to Butterflies/Moths
Attractive to Other pollinators
Is Crambe cordifolia poisonous?
Crambe cordifolia has no toxic effects reported.
No reported toxicity to Birds
No reported toxicity to Cats
No reported toxicity to Dogs
No reported toxicity to Horses
No reported toxicity to Livestock
No reported toxicity to People