Calycanthus x raulstonii ‘Hartlage Wine’
This is a new and extremely rare hybrid between Calycanthus floridus and the beautiful Chinese Sinocalycanthus. I used to grow Calycanthus occidentalis and the flowers were small and a rather disappointing rusty red. I found Sinocalycanthus was stunning, but a bit tricky. I hope this will be less temperamental. These flowers are large and blood-red and sumptuous. It looks a little bit like a red Magnolia. They are supposed to be lightly scented, but they smell of pepper to me.
This plant grows into a medium-sized shrub. It needs that well-known oxymoronic sort of soil they call: ‘moist, but well drained’. It must be fertile and humus-rich. It is said to be hardy in a sheltered position.
Actually, it wasn’t so much of an extravagance. The nursery where I bought it only had one. They didn’t know what it was, or how much it cost. In the end they let me have it for a very modest sum. I feel I should go back and offer them more money.
Who wouldn’t break open their piggy bank for this beauty?
Today I am joining in with the Wednesday Vignette meme hosted by Flutterandhum blog.