Perennial Plant Of The Year 2005!
Bring buds of the ‘Christmas rose’ indoors to enjoy their huge white flowers on the festive table. One of the earliest flowering plants, it’s perfect for brightening the front of a partially shady mixed border. ‘Christmas rose’ is a clump-forming, winter-blooming perennial which typically grows 8-15″ tall. Features large, cup-shaped, rose-like, white flowers (to 3″ diameter) with crowns of conspicuously contrasting yellow stamens.
Flowers usually appear singly on thick stems which do not always rise above the foliage. Flowers acquire pink shading as they mature. Palmate, deeply lobed, somewhat waxy, basal, dark green leaves (7-9 leaflets) are evergreen in warm climates but deciduous in extremely cold winters. Does best in moist, well-drained, humus-enriched soil. Valued for the unusual winter flowering. Naturalizes easily and flourishes in the southern garden.