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Featured Conservation Plants: February 2015

February 2015:
Hesperantha coccinea ‘Cindy Towe’

Hesperantha coccinea ‘Cindy Towe’ started as a seedling in the garden of June Towe in Little Hereford near Ludlow and given in 2004 to Jennifer Hewitt who introduced it to the HPS Conservation Scheme. It was named after one of June Towe’s flat-coat retrievers.

It has larger flowers of a deeper, richer red than the type. (The type matches Red 45C on the Royal Horticultural Society’s Colour Chart, while ‘Cindy Towe’ matches 46B.) Flowering time is usually from late summer to the first frosts and sporadically into winter in milder pats of the country.

It has proved to be quite hardy having survived the winter of 2010-11 in several Shropshire gardens.

‘Cindy Towe’ should not be allowed to develop seed as any resulting seedlings cannot be guaranteed to have the same qualities as the parent plant. Hesperanthas may be propagated by splitting an established clump in the spring and they appear to be relatively pest and disease free.

There were only two suppliers of this plant listed in the RHS Plant Finder 2014.

The Conservation scheme involves HPS members in growing these plants and documenting the best way to grow and propagate them. The plants are distributed across the country with many local groups and individual growers being involved.

The scheme is open to all HPS members. More information about the scheme can be found here.

Since the present scheme started in 1998, we have been successful in conserving over 30 plant varieties that are, in our opinion, all worthy of being grown in British gardens. However, there are still a large number of potentially garden worthy plants in need of conservation.

If you are a interested in making this (or any other of our conservation plants) available on a commercial basis, please contact the National Coordinator.

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