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Paeonia veitchii

A very hardy Chinese species with vivid pink single flowers up to 9cm across, two or more per stem, in May-June. The foliage is heavily dissected into deep narrow segments, giving an attractive textural effect after the flowers. Forms large dense clumps eventually, over a metre across. For an open sunny position in well drained soil.

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Paris incompleta (new)

Allied to our native P. quadrifolia, but an all round better garden plant, being stouter and more vigorous and having wider leaves in whorls of 7 to 11 leaflets, centred by larger yellow-green flowers on stalks above the leaves. Slow to establish, but with gently creeping rhizomes, this is best in woodsy humus rich soil in shade. From The Caucasus, Armenia and Turkey.

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Patrinia sp. from China

A tall attractive E Asian member of the valerian family. Multiple small flat heads of soft, pale-yellow, scented flowers, produced on a well branched scape to 1.8m tall in September. A tall plant with none of the harsh yellow normally associated with P. scabiosifolia. A hardy perennial that doesn't appreciate dry conditions.

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Peltaria alliacea

Garlic Cress in endemic to SE Europe where it inhabits open stony ground. Purple tinged glaucous foliage emerges early in late winter and masses of white flowers in loose panicles appear in early summer. The leaves are used culinarily to add a garlicky, mustardy kick to salads and are best harvested in spring and autumn. Height 70cm. Hardy.

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Peltoboykinia watanabei

Beautiful deep green, large, deeply lobed peltate leaves. Spikes of delicate cream flowers above the foliage in summer. Height 40cm. A splendid foliage plant for cool, moist shade.

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Persicaria virginiana var. filiformis 'Guizhou Bronze'

From a collection made on the Loushan Pass, Guizhou, SW China, this has relatively broad foliage heavily suffused with bronze when young and with a brown chevron, turning to bronze tints again and then a good orangey-gold in autumn. Narrow spikes of small red flowers in October/November. Height 60 to 90cm.

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Physalis alkekengi var. franchetii 'Variegata'

A form of Chinese Lanterns with variegated foliage, forming a low mound of foliage, covered in autumn with vivid red-orange lanterns which make fine dried arrangements especially around Halloween. For a well drained position.

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Phytolacca americana

The Pokeweed from the USA makes a rather striking herbaceous plant to about 2m tall, the stems branching widely to make a sizable specimen. Racemes of white or pink flowers are followed by shiny black fruit on pink stalks. This plant is as toxic as various other commonly grown garden plants and should be treated with respect.

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Pimpinella sp. PAB 6112

From Leigong Shan, Guizhou, SW China, we found this umbellifer at altitude forming diffuse umbels of white flowers on stems to 1.2m high from a basal clump of foliage. Flowering in late-summer/autumn over a long period.

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Pimpinella tripartita PAB 7261 (new)

Collected in Georgia, this pretty little umbel reaches about 60cm tall, though can be a little larger, and thrives in dry shade or full sun. Even better than that it flowers twice a year if happy, in May and September. Rounded, lobed and serrated foliage and wiry stems topped by airy, dainty white umbels. Perennial, but self seeds easily. Good for naturalising.

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Plectranthus effusus var. longitubus (new)

Formerly Rabdosia, this Japanese woodlander reaches its peak in autumn when long tubed lilac flowers are formed en-masse in airy inflorescences at the top of 90cm stems. For shade or semi-shade. Hardy.

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Pleione Tolima gx 'Moorhen' (new)

A beautiful easy little orchid with comparatively big shocking magenta flowers with red spotted throats in late winter before the leaves emerge. Overwinter dry-ish in a cold glasshouse or cool windowsill, place outside for the summer and keep moist. Clumps up very quickly to form potfuls. Height 10cm.

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Podophyllum 'Spotty Dotty' (new)

Large parasols of foliage with lobed margins, heavily spotted and marked with dark brown dots, especially on emergence. Fairly large dark-red flowers hang under the foliage in May and June. A superb foliage plant for shade or semi-shade in woodsy, not too dry soil. Protect from slugs and snails as the plant emerges in spring. Height 45cm.

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Podophyllum peltatum

Handsome foliage emerges brown tinted and forms highly attractive, very deeply lobed parasols to 45cm. Beautiful, nodding, cupped white flowers among the foliage in spring, followed by elongated red-orange seed pods. A fine eastern N. American perennial where it forms drifts of impressive foliage in deciduous woodland. For shade and humusy soil. Hardy.

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Podophyllum pleianthum (new)

Particularly striking, potentially very large flattish topped slightly glossy green foliage with variably lobed margins and ciliate margins (very finely toothed). The leaf stalks combine as flower stems and the fat clusters of deepest red rounded flowers appear beneath the leaves, necessitating investigation. To 60cm tall or more, for humus rich soil in shade. Marvellous.

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Polygonatum odoratum 'Dusky Bere' (new)

A form of Solomon's Seal with a subtle dusky brownish-purple wash to the new foliage in spring and the usual white flowers in late spring. Lower growing than 'Betberg'. Clumps up well in good soil, light shade.

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Polygonatum odoratum 'Georgia' PAB 8345 (new)

A short (30cm) Solomon's Seal found in Georgia with white flowers in early summer. Clumps up well in good soil in light shade.

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Polygonatum punctatum

A small species with distinctly purple spotted stems and equally purple spotted white pitcher-shaped flowers, giving a pale pink effect, followed by bright red berries. The berries are persistent and can overwinter on the evergreen stems to mingle with the new spring flowers. Height to 30cm. For a humusy shaded site.

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Polygonatum verticillatum

Polygonatum verticillatum (new)

An unusual Solomon's Seal with little lilac-white bells in early summer, dangling from the arching stems, clad in very narrow foliage. This is a tall form. Height 1.5m. Reasonable soil in shade.

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Polygonatum yunnanense (new)

Clumps or arching stems to 30cm with glossy green, prominently veined foliage and dangling clusters of green tinted cream flowers from the axils of each leaf. Previously regarded a synonym of P. nodosum, this has recently been shown to be incorrect. Shade and humus.

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