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Zenobia pulverulenta (Honeycup)

Honeycup, Dusty Zenobia, Zenobia cassinefolia


Zenobia pulverulenta (Honeycup) is a compact, semi-evergreen to deciduous shrub of upright spreading habit with gracefully arching, reddish stems clad with waxy, oblong, bluish green to grayish green leaves. Quite handsome, the foliage turns reddish-yellow to purple in the fall and may persist through winter in the warmer parts of its hardiness range. In late spring to early summer, charming bell-shaped, anise-scented, white flowers bloom in one-sided axillary clusters. Resembling lily-of-the-valley, they give way to small, round dry pods. A slow grower, this appealing Southeast native shrub tends to sucker and colonize. At home in the woodland garden, Zenobia pulverulenta can also be used in mass plantings, along streams, or in a perennial or shrub border.

  • Grows up to 3-10 ft. tall (90-300 cm) and 2-7 ft. wide (60-210 cm).
  • A full sun to part shade lover, this plant is easily grown in moist, acidic, humus-rich, well-drained soils.
  • Low maintenance, this plant is also generally pest and disease free .
  • Perfect as a specimen plant or shrub borders. Great in naturalized or native plant gardens and along ponds and streams.
  • Prune immediately after flowering.
  • Propagate by softwood cuttings in early summer, layering or division in early spring. May not come true from seed.
  • Native to the southeastern United States.

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 9
Heat Zones 5 – 8
Plant Type Shrubs
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Fall
Height 3' – 10' (90cm – 3m)
Spread 2' – 7' (60cm – 210cm)
Spacing 60" – 84" (150cm – 210cm)
Water Needs Average, High
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Sand
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Southeast, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 9
Heat Zones 5 – 8
Plant Type Shrubs
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Fall
Height 3' – 10' (90cm – 3m)
Spread 2' – 7' (60cm – 210cm)
Spacing 60" – 84" (150cm – 210cm)
Water Needs Average, High
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Sand
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Southeast, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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