Thursday, March 1, 2018

Edgeworthia Winter Bloom

With the coming of harsh winter weather there is not much in the garden that blooms unless you have one of these little winter gems. Edgeworthia chrysantha, or paperbush.

The tubular shaped fragrant flowers hanging down are a welcome sight when winter keeps everything else dormant. It is the kind of nudge that dormant gardeners need to draw them out into the fresh air.

The next week while it was at it’s best, Mother Nature showed her jealous side and covered it in snow.

Two days later the rain returned washing the snow away revealing undamaged flowers. It is truly an amazing little plant that I would recommend to anyone looking for a bit of the unusual. I purchased this one in 2015, it was rather small, in a one gallon pot and it consisted of two eight inch twigs. So it is rather a fast grower. 


  1. How do you think it would do in Louisiana's hot and humid summers, Doc? We have the occasional freeze in winter; but not so as I would worry much.

    It is a pretty little flower, for sure!

    1. I have an acquaintance in Baton Rouge that has one growing

    2. That is great to hear, Doc. I will keep my eyes open for one or maybe look online to purchase. Thank you! :)

  2. Edgeworthias are rarely seen here. We have planted a couple, and another in our own garden, but unfortunately ours is looking rather sick now. They are beautiful plants.