AVAILABLE 2020. Sphaeralcea Newleaze Coral will brighten up your garden over a very long period in summer with masses of saucer-shaped coral red flowers on a compact shrub with felted evergreen leaves. Prune it back a bit when it looks a bit tired and it will do it all over again. Sunny sheltered spot. Any well drained soil. To 3 feet. 2 litre pot.

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As with the other Sphaeralcea we grow, Newleaze Coral is surprisingly seldom seen in spite of its obvious qualities as a long flowering and very striking shrub. Sharply drained soil is important (Sphaeralcea is known as the desert globe mallow and the the native habitat is usually pretty arid scrubby sites) to winter weather-resistance, but - given that - we find it does well provided it is sheltered from the worst of the winter winds and is given a sunny location.

Care consists of pruning back reasonably hard in early spring, chopping back after the first flush of flowering to get things going again, and perhaps reducing to around two thirds height before winter sets in. Depending on the severity of the winter weather, Sphaeralcea Newleaze Coral will remain evergreen or semi-evergreen.

Newleaze Coral was introduced by Hertfordshire nursery Hopley’s Plants, who are responsible for at least one other variety of Sphaeralcea, along with a number of other plant introductions.

Sphaeralcea Newleaze Coral is a hardy semi-evergreen shrub with grey green leaves and saucer shaped red flowers in summer into autumn suitable for full sun.

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