Native Region: Himalayas, Western China, Tibet
Zone Range: 08-10
Preferred Climate: Warm temperate to subtropical
Harvest Date: Sunday 25 November, 2012
Seed count: 20-25
A subtly exotic deciduous shrub, Leycesteria produces pendent clusters of flowers that are highlighted by persistent dark red bracts in summer. Height and spread 6 feet.
Sow seed in containers in a coldframe. Gentle bottom heat can improve germination, 16-20°C (60-70°F) Grow on in any good well drained but moist garden soil, rich in organic matter. In autumn in regions where winter temperatures are likely to drop below -10°C (12°F), stems may be killed to the ground. Heavy mulch should be applied to protect the roots. For maximum freshness, please keep seed refrigerated in its original packaging until it is time to plant.