Friday, August 1, 2008

Oenanthe javanica 'Pink Flamingo'

Oenanthe javanica 'Pink Flamingo'
The plain green form of this plant is called water celery or water drop-wort. I grow this pink cultivar in a pot in shallow water but it is able to grow in heavy damp soil as well .In winter the colour becomes more intense and the leaves are quite feathery and delicate with a cream edge If you have one of those ponds where everything goes to sleep or looks half dead at this time of year this is the plant to grow but during summer it less appealing and needs to be cut back to control the vigorous growth.
It does have an "international passport" as it is native to tropical Queensland, India Japan and Malaysia.In Japan it is called seri and is added to salads.It is surprisingly cold tolerant and will withstand frosts.

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