Bocconia – oriental beauty in our gardens

bocconia oriental beauty in our gardens Blog

Ornamental, lush beauty bokkoniya came to Russia from the steppe regions of Southeast Asia. This perennial plant grows taller than human height. Bocconia underground rhizomes spread in all directions and have such vitality that they can grow in areas with arid climates and grow from small pieces of roots.

For most of the year, the unusual graceful appearance of bocconia is due to its leaves. Large, palmately indented, bluish-green, almost white below, they complement the mysterious appearance of an oriental beauty. In the middle of summer, a loose panicle of white, pink-yellow or pinkish small flowers hangs over them.

Bocconia or Macleia belongs to the poppy family. And, like a representative of this family, bocconia flowers close at dusk or before rain.

What is the benefit of Bocconia?

Macleia is valued not only for its original decorative appearance. The wild one lives in Central China, where it has long been used not only as a medicinal plant for the treatment of skin diseases, furunculosis, but also as an insecticide. Due to the high content in its tissues of such an alkaloid as sanguinarine, bocconia is used in the pharmacological industry.

In culture, two types of bocconia or Macleia are grown: Macleia heart-shaped 2 m high, blooms in July – August with mother-of-pearl white flowers. More common is the small-fruited Macleia, which has yellowish-brown flowers with a pinkish tinge.

Regardless of the type, Macleay prefer places with insufficient moisture in sunny areas, but can put up with a little shading.

Bocconia planting

Plants are planted in spring or early autumn at a distance of 45-50 cm from each other. In autumn, I recommend planting until mid-September, because at later dates, plants can freeze out in the harsh Ural winter. In the first year, plantings of Macleia require shelter for the winter. To do this, you can use spruce branches, sawdust, peat.

Bocconia reproduces well by dividing bushes, root offspring, as well as pieces of rhizome. These plants can also be grown from seeds that are sown in early spring in a greenhouse or greenhouse, or sown in the ground in autumn.

Growing rapidly and forming a spectacular picture with exotic leaves and openwork panicles, bocconia becomes an indispensable focal plant in modern landscape compositions.

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