Paul’s Pick: Spiketail: a rare gem now in bloom

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In addition to the beautiful magnolias that are just beginning to flower, we are very excited that spiketail (Stachyurus praecox), a seldom-seen shrub, is currently in full glorious bloom on the west side of the waterfall in the Westview Terrace. Many racemes of pale yellow-to-cream flowers dance in the breeze. This multi-stemmed, vase-shaped shrub will reach a height and spread of about six to 10 feet. Native to Japan, it prefers slightly acidic, moist and humus-rich soil, and our specimen seems happy in its protected corner of the garden. Don’t miss out on seeing it!

Speaking of missing out, our apologies to everyone who wanted to buy the Agave Queen of the White Thread (Agave schidigera ‘Shira-ito-no-ohi’) at our booth at this year’s Canada Blooms and were disappointed. It sold out very quickly, and no wonder. What a unique and beautiful succulent. I was just thrilled to add this plant to my personal agave collection. However, we are very pleased to have secured another limited supply for our upcoming Plant Sale, May 8 through 12th. So don’t be disappointed twice–shop early for the best selection!

On Sunday, May 5 from 12 noon to 4 p.m., we will also be participating in the Hardy Plant Sale presented by the Ontario Rock Garden and Hardy Plant Society.(

Don’t you just love this time of year?

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Paul Zammit about the author: Paul Zammit

Paul Zammit is the Nancy Eaton Director of Horticulture at the Toronto Botanical Garden. A graduate of the University of Guelph, Paul was formerly employed at Plant World, a large retail garden centre where he was the perennial department manager. He is a regular speaker at garden clubs and horticultural trade shows across Canada and in the United States. He has appeared both on television and in print.

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