PHILADELPHUS MACULATUS MEXICAN JEWEL

PHILADELPHUS MACULATUS MEXICAN JEWEL

5.50

Now Philadelphus are well known for the heady scent exuded by their white flowers, but the perfume of the relatively newly introduced Mexican Jewel is particularly strong (often described as like bubblegum!) and will fill the summer air wherever it is planted. Cup shaped pure white flowers with purplish crimson centres and narrow mid-green leaves on a bushy but airy shrub. Sun or semi-shade. Any well drained soil. To 5 feet. 2 litre pot.

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Philadelphus Mexican Jewel is a form of P. Maculatus (meaning spotted) from high mountains in Mexico and was introduced by Martyn Rix, a botanist, designer and plant explorer of some renown, associated with Kew Gardens and author of many books. There is another variety on the market named Sweet Clare, which looks similar in photographs, but we have yet to see this plant for ourselves.

Care for Philadelphus Mexican Jewel is limited. All you need to do is prune after flowering has ended. We do this quite hard: find a good bud point and go back to that. In the spring it can be useful to prune out any flimsy growth to create a more open structure, as the plant has a habit of growing in a quite densely branched manner.

Philadelphus Maculatus Mexican Jewel is a hardy shrub with narrow leaves and scented white flowers with purple centres in summer suitable for sun or semi-shade.


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