- Hardy deciduous shrub
- May be some die back on young plants in a hard winter as it has hollow stems, but it is root hardy and will grow away in the spring
- Any well drained soil
- Sun or shade
- Flowers white with claret coloured bracts carried in dense terminal drooping panicles from June to September
- The flowers are followed by large shining reddish-purple berries, attractive to pheasants
- In winter the olive-green hollow stems look very effective, like Cornus stolonifera ‘Flaviramea’, more so when planted with red stemmed cornus, Dogwoods
This is a an improved selection, more compact and bushier than the species. (Leycesteria formosa comes from the Himalaya).
Leycesteria formosa ‘Longstock’ is very free-flowering. I selected out this seedling in 1995 as part of a breeding programme of Leycesteria
Sizes are approximate and are intended as a guideline and may vary according to local conditions.
Hard prune late March – early April. Feed Vitax Q4 June.
- Height & Spread2-3m x 2-3m
- Plant Breeders Rights--
- ColoursWhite with Claret Coloured Bracts