Description... A widespread plant seen in dry places in hedgerows, in scrubby land and in meadows. This makes an upright plant, noticeable for its paired leaves having translucent dots over the leaf surface that contain and oil. Rub the leaves and you get red juices. The flowers are bright yellow, held in clusters at the top of the stalks. The flowers are five petalled and the centre is massed with prominent stamens. The flowers lack pollen and may even reproduce asexually. It has a long and continuing use as a herbal remedy. This stands around 60cm (2ft) high with a 45cm (18in) spread.
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Planting your new plant
Water the plant thoroughly when you get it home, and plant out as soon as possible. Make the hole for the plant larger that the pot it is in and the same depth. When removing the plant from the pot, squeeze the sides of the pot to loosen it. Loosen the roots of the plant, put the plant in the hole spreading the roots to encourage them to grow outwards. Fill round the edges of the rootball with soil to the same level as the surrounding soil.
Care for your plant
Plants in containers need plant food to thrive when in growth. Seek advice from your retailer regarding best product(s). Follow the packet instructions when applying plant food. Remove fading flowers to encourage fresh ones.
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