Description

Morina longifolia

WHORLFLOWER

Towers of fragrant pink and white trumpets, and strikingly handsome foliage rosettes, make an architectural triumph of Morina longifolia Whorlflower.

Towers of fragrant pink trumpets

Whorlflowers bloom with pagoda like towers of trumpet flowers.
Whilst the flowers first open white, as soon as pollinators have had their wicked way, the flowers quickly blush with the prettiest pink. And then finally ripen to rose pink.
As each Whorlflower clump bears multiple stems of flowers over a long season, you usually have a mix of all the colours on the plant at once.
Making Whorlflowers utterly charming and exotic beauties.
(See the “Growing” section below for plant details, how and where to grow) 

Scented of orange blossom 

Delightfully the flowers have a citrus scent, while the handsome leaves are also aromatic with a spicy scent.

Long blooming 

Because Whorlflowers continue to bloom with a procession of spires from early summer right through autumn, they are prized as both exceptional flowering and foliage plants by garden designers. 

Excellent cut flowers & foliage for vases 

Both foliage and flowers also make excellent, fragrant, and long lasting cut flowers for vases.
And even when the flower spires dry at the end of autumn, you can also harvest to use for dried arrangements.

Architectural interest all year round

Whorlflower makes an evergreen clump of the most architectural and interesting foliage, so contributing elegance and design interest to the garden all year round.

Growing: Morina longifolia
WHORLFLOWER

Height with flowers: 60cm. approx
Width: Evergreen clump of the most architectural and interesting foliage, to a diameter of approx. 60cm.
Position: Morina is tough and undemanding, so it will grow in many different, and even difficult spots in the garden. As long as it is not in a bog, or pitch dark, other than that it is not fussy. Full Sun to Woodland conditions (especially in hot regions) are optimum. It is well suited to seaside gardens.
Soil: Morina adapts to sandy soils as well as ordinary garden loam, or humus rich soils. Do not over fertilize as it does better a little lean. It calmly tolerates soil pH on either the acid or alkaline (lime) side of neutral. But it dislikes poor drainage.
Water: Morina are not thirsty plants. Average normal garden water is ample. 

Hardy, easy & elegant 

Frost: Extremely frost hardy, so it is well able to stand even hard frosts to well below -20C
Growth: Evergreen and long lived perennial clump of striking foliage.
Easy Care: Morina is an easy growing, low care, low maintenance plant, once established. The only annual care is to cut back the spent flower stems at the end of the flowering season. 

Other benefits

Fragrance: Delicious, because the flowers have a citrus scent, while the foliage is also aromatic.
Beneficial for wildlife: Bees and butterflies are besotted with the nectar rich trumpets, as indeed are small honey-eating birds. And because of the long blooming with successions of flowers, Morinas are great support for our pollinating and feathered friends. Though it is night flying moths that actually  pollinate the flowers, making Morina even more important to endangered insects. 
Deer & Rabbit resistant: Prickly edges and hard shiny texture, make the foliage distinctly unattractive to rabbits and deer, and very attractive to gardeners with an eye for design.

An exotic but hardy beauty

Origin: Morina is native to East Asia, where its pagoda like appearance is especially appreciated.
It grows in a wide variety of habitats, from open grassland to shrubby woodland.  

 

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