March 31, 2020

Worth the Wait

Kirengeshoma palmata - Yellow waxbell

Mark Uchneat Photo | Kirengeshoma palmata – Yellow waxbell

Just when you thought the show was over in the woods, up pops Kirengeshoma palmata to blossom in late summer. Known as Japanese yellow waxbell, this native of Korea and Japan prefers partial shade , steady moisture and an acidic soil. A perennial that’s hardy to Zone 5, yellow waxbell can grow up to 6 feet tall, forming a clump over time. In the first months of summer, the plant is showy with its gemstone-green leaves that call to mind those of a maple. As summer starts to wane, however, the flowers develop, opening those creamy yellow blossoms in late summer and early fall as other plants have passed their bloom time and are changing color and dying back.

Photographed by Mark Uchneat.