Colewort (Crambe cordifolia)

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Plant Spread: 3 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Inflorescence Height: 6 - 8 feet
Foliage Mound Height: 2 feet
Underground structures: Taproot
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Pollinators: Various insects
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

A real stand out plant!

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Posted by sandnsea2 (Cape Cod, MA, USA - Zone 7a) on Dec 14, 2011 7:26 PM

Crambe Cordifolia is a magnificent statement plant in the garden. It is well-used in Britain, but rather uncommon in the US. I hope this changes, as this is such a wonderful, fragrant and beautiful specimen plant.

It has a very long tap root and takes a few years to establish, if it is happy where planted.
Give this one alot of room and stand back for a show!
It can get to be 5-6 ft tall and wide and resembles a tree of Babys Breath-like, fragrant flowers.

It never fails to get positive attention. Once you grow this, you will always want it.

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