Mahonia russellii by Sandrine Maugy

Mahonia

From the 'Garden of Roy Lancaster'

"A distinctive and highly ornamental shrub to 6ft. discovered in Mexico in 1984 and introduced as seed by the late James Russell after whom it is named.

The drooping panicles of cream-coloured flowers with pink tinted sepals are unusual in the genus and characteristic. Flowers are produced in February and again in November, sometimes in July too, followed by bloomy black fruits that are commonly ripening when the next crop of flowers are developing.

My plant was grown as a cutting from an original seedling No. 492 at the Savill Garden. Planted against the north wall of my house in 1991."

Roy Lancaster