This is one part in a weekly series featuring the UC Davis Arboretum Durable Delights, 30 can’t-fail, easy-care plants well-adapted to our region.
Shrubby hare’s ear
Size: Under 4 feet tall
Bloom season: Summer, early fall
Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
Pruning needs: Remove old flower stalks after bloom.
Water needs: Once established, water deeply once a week.
Snapshot: This unusual, graceful and evergreen shrub grows well in many different locations. It forms a bushy shrub about 4 feet wide and tall with narrow, oval, waxy, blue-green foliage. Shrubby hare’s ear produces masses of lime-green, tiny flowers in large clusters shaped like upside-down umbrellas. For full sun and infrequent irrigation situations, the 3- or 4-inch blooms are a welcome sight in summer and fall, and interesting when used in flower arrangements. You can see specimens in the Mediterranean collection as well as the Ruth Risdon Storer Garden of the UC Davis Arboretum on the university’s campus.
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