I am not an Aegopodium!
Peucedanum ostruthium or Peuce Masterwort is native to the alpine meadows of central and southern Europe and has been known since the Middle Ages for its culinary and medicinal properties and as an appetite stimulant.
But where does Peucedanum ostruthium 'Daphnis' come from? This is the story we're going to tell you today!
« Once upon a time a writer and a nurseryman were walking in a garden.
This happened a very long time ago, in the 1990s.
What a great surprise it was to them to find a new shoot with pretty variegated foliage at the base of a Peucedanum ostruthium.
So our two experts took a sample of this natural mutation and in order to preserve it, thought the writer, why not propagate it, thought the nurseryman.
And that's how Peucedanum ostruthium 'Daphnis' was born of the encounter of two garden plant lovers. »
This beautiful umbellifer has splendid almond-green and cream variegated foliage.
And that's where its resemblance with the bulldozerplant Aegopodium podagraria 'Variegatum' ends. Daphnis grows in elegant tufts and has a summer flowering of greenish white umbels. Although Peucedanum ostruthium 'Daphnis' can cope with passing summer drought, it does best grown in partial shade in moist, humus-rich soil.
Learn more (in French) at: http://horti-culture.typepad.fr/philferret/2010/02/histoire-de-plante-peucedanum-daphnis.html
- 9,5cm pot
- Hardiness zones : zone 7-10
- Height: 30 to 50cm
- Plant spacing: 60 cm
- Flower colour: cream
- Flowering period: spring flowers