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Chimonanthus Praecox

wintersweet Chimonanthus praecox
Position: full sun
Soil: any fertile well-drained soil
Rate of growth: fast-growing
Flowering period: December to February
Hardiness: fully hardy

Small sweetly scented sulphur-yellow flowers stained purple inside appear on bare branches throughout the winter months. This vigorous shrub will ususally take a few years to start to flower but they are well worth the wait and they will make a lovely specimen plant for a sunny well-drained mixed or winter border. Try to plant it close to a house entrance or path where its scent can be appreciated. Highly prized by floral arrangers a stem of these unusual bowl-shaped blooms makes a wonderfully fragrant indoor display.