Morina longifolia

Long-leaved whorlflower

This is a bit of an oddity but strangely alluring. There are only three varieties of this genus and longifolia is the only one to have been deemed garden worthy. 

It is a native of the Himalayas, growing at around 3,000 metres. 

When young it could be confused with a lush thistle but when 2 years old a stout stems appears in midsummer, rises to 30cm and carries whorls of pale pink, almost white, tubular flowers. At dusk they emit a tangerine fragrance. When pollinated the flowers turn darker. 

The pollen grains under an electron microscope are straight out of Alien and during sex the male pollen grows a little penis. Isn't nature wonderful?

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Family

Plant type

Hardiness

Height

Spread

Foliage

Flower

Soil

Position

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Caprifoliaceae

Hardy perennial

H6

30cm 

30cm 

Spiky, glossy, dark green 

Red, pink white 

Well-drained 

Full sun

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