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obovata ssp. willmottiae
A most beautiful species about which there are many taxonomic difficulties leading to multiple reclassifications over the years. The images shown are from the garden of one of our members and she has identified it by the bright green glabrous carpels, leaves changing from brown to green as they age, hairy leaf underside, sparse hairs on the l eaf stem but no hairs on the flower stem. The plant is reported as being difficult to grow in UK gardens (this one is in S.E.Wales) and in ‘bad’ years only a small proportion of the shoots emerging from the ground actually develop. Other plants in the area area are known to have died. Plant Source: Hardy Plants, Malvern Spring Flower Show