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Kerria japonica pPleniflora

Jew's Mallow. Bachelor's Button. Sailor's Button.

R.H.S. Award of Garden Merit.

An underused plant producing many, round, yellow, tufted flowers produced from mid to late-Spring on bright green. Winter attractive stems.


Leaves mid green, turning yellow in Autumn.

Plant as a specimen or enmasse.

For inclusion in shrub or mixed borders. Especially in cottage gardens.

It is planted 80cm(2ft 6 in) apart in a single line makes an attractive informal hedge.

Height and Spread in 10 years: 2.5mx2.5m(8 ft x 8ft).
Position: Full sun to medium shade on a wide range of soil conditions.


Planting: Soak the root-ball before planting. Plant in a hole twice the diameter of the root-ball or pot. Mix an organic soil improver and general fertiliser with the infill soil. Water regularly until established.
Plant care: Reduce all previous year's shoots to within 5cm(2 in) of ground level to encourage new growth on an annual basis, or leave unpruned for 4-5 years and then carry out the same technique.