Jul 112016
 
Cacalia aff. delphiniifolia

Cacalia aff. delphiniifolia

A collection from China is growing opposite the pond lawn. Cacalia aff. delphiniifolia (aff. means ‘akin to’ used in plant nomenclature) loves an area of bare soil within a woodland fringe. However, take a look at the red tinged arching shoots that are sent out from the parent plant. This is a strong growing, colonising herbaceous perennial. If you choose to plant it, then an annual clearance from the bases of shrubs and root zones of other herbaceous material is essential otherwise expect domination. Attractive foliage in the shape of divided leaves. The terminal flower spike is multi-budded, opening white. Needing good light to flower, those plants on the edge of the border producing strong stalks. As the shade deepens, little or no sign of flower spikes.

RBGE Living Collections Accession Factsheet
Accession Number:20091173
Scientific Name:Cacalia aff. delphiniifolia Siebold & Zucc.
Family:Compositae
Genus:Cacalia
Epithet:delphiniifolia
Collector:Howick, Charles & McNamara, William A.
Year:2000
Origin:Sichuan:above Maowen Research Station, Mao Co.,
Elevation:1,880m
Plant:20091173A
Location:/Living Collections/Inverleith/M22/Q030