Pachyphragma macrophyllum
Pachyphragma macrophyllum

Pachyphragma macrophyllum

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The fact that Pachyphragma macrophylllum is unusual is a surprise, as it is such a pleasing and hardy perennial. The scalloped, semi-evergreen foliage, which takes on a purple tint during the winter, grows in mounds, from which appear dazzling clusters of flowers in the spring. It is hardy, likes shade and will offer interest under deciduous shrubs such as roses. 


From the same family as mustard, this remarkable plant is indigenous to high beech forests in Turkey and the Caucasus, and as a result especially likes partially shady positions in many British gardens and beautifully complements Helleborus and spring bulbs.


From March - April the gleaming white Pachyphragma flowers loom beautifully out of shady borders, these flowers mature into attractively winged, heart-shaped fruits

  • Moist, well drained soil
  • Full shade, partial shade
  • All aspects

These hardy plants need little attention, trim back any damaged foliage after winter.