Morina longifolia or whorl flower, is native to the steep, damp slopes (*) of the Himalayas (Kashmir, Bhutan) and was named in honour of French horticulturist René Morin (1635 - 1715), author of one of the first French horticultural catalogues Catalogus plantarium horti Renati-Morini.
It's rather curious, however, that Morina longifolia is not well known and hardly grown in our gardens, because it is a remarkable ornamental plant:
- it has clean and tidy, dark green foliage that is evergreen in mild climates,
- elegant midsummer flowering of abundant tubular blooms on solid stems, more than 80 cm in height. The flowers are white when they open and then turn pink,
- and an added bonus! When crushed, the leaves exude a subtle scent of lemon with a hint of mandarine.
Grow preferably in the sun in good, moist to damp, garden soil, but which is very well drained (*).
In damp winter conditions, a gravel mulch will protect the collet from collar rot.
It is very difficult to propagate this plant by division. We recommend collected the ripe seeds and planting them in pots in the autumn.
It may also reseed naturally. When weeding your bed, take care not to mistake the Morina longifolia seedlings for thistles!
(*) the plant's geographical origin is a guide to its growing requirements.
Perennials Vol. II: Early Perennials by Roger Phillips and Martyn Rix.
Joy Hoyland - How to grow: Morina longifolia The Telegraph
- 0,7 litre pot
- Hardiness zones : zone 7-10
- Height: 50 to 70cm
- Plant spacing: 50 cm
- Flower colour: pink
- Flowering period: summer flowers