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Bupleurum fruticosum - L.

Common Name Shrubby Hare's Ear
Family Apiaceae or Umbelliferae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Sunny hills, walls and rocky places.
Range S. Europe to N. Africa. Occasionally naturalized in Britain[17].
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Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Bupleurum fruticosum Shrubby Hare


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Bupleurum fruticosum is an evergreen Shrub growing to 2.5 m (8ft) by 2.5 m (8ft) at a slow rate.
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 7. It is in leaf all year, in flower from June to September, and the seeds ripen from August to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Wasps. The plant is self-fertile.
It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline soils.
It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

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Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Ground Cover; Hedge; South Wall. By. West Wall. By.

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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Other Uses

Hedge  Hedge

This species makes a very good wind-shelter hedge in exposed maritime positions, though it is slow growing[11, 75]. Plants can be used as a tall ground cover when planted about 1.2 metres apart each way[208].

Special Uses

Attracts Wildlife  Ground cover  Hedge  Hedge  Scented Plants

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Cultivation details

Succeeds in most soils if they are well drained, doing well on chalk[11, 182, 200]. Plants are very tolerant of maritime exposure[11, 49, 75] but will require staking at first if planted in an exposed area unless planted out whilst still very small[166]. Prefers a sunny position but tolerates light shade[202]. This species is not very hardy in Britain, it succeeds when grown against a wall at Kew[K] and grows very well in S.W. England[11]. Established plants can tolerate temperatures down to about -15°c[184, 202] if the soil is well drained[200]. A very ornamental plant, the flowers are very attractive to wasps[1]. Plants are very tolerant of trimming and can be pruned right down to the ground if required[200]. When bruised, the leaves release a pungent smell[245].

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in the greenhouse. Germination usually takes place within 2 - 8 weeks at 15°c[138]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter, planting them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 7 - 12cm long, July/August in a frame. High percentage[78].

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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