Lily-of-the-valley

Pieris japonica 'Mountain Fire'

Lily-of-the-valley - Pieris japonica  'Mountain Fire'

Common Name: Lily-of-the-valley
Genus: Pieris
Species: japonica
Cultivar: 'Mountain Fire'

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Slow growing
Features: Has interesting foliage, Suitable for growing in containers
Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 2.50 m (250 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 1.50 m (150 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: White
Foliage Colour: Brown, Green, RedFlowering Period: April & May

Soil Type: Acidic
Ericaceous: Requires a neutral or acid soil (or ericaceous compost), with a pH of 7 or below
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

Glossy brilliant red young leaves mature to chestnut brown and in late spring clusters of pretty ivory, nodding bell-like flowers appear, resembling lily-of-the-valley. The fiery red young foliage of this rounded evergreen shrub will add a splash of vivid colour to a shady border or woodland edge. Pieris needs a moist, well-drained acid soil and shade from morning sun.

  • Garden care: Add composted pine needles or peat when planting. Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of composted pine needles or peat each year around the base of the plant in early spring. Remove the faded flower-heads in late spring along with any frost-damaged foliage.

  • Goes well with: Enkianthus campanulatus, Acer palmatum 'Garnet', Cyclamen hederifolium f. albiflorum, Asplenium scolopendrium 'Crispum', Dryopteris filix-mas.


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