Sambucus ebulus (dwarf elder)

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Soil Type:
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Plant Overview

This is an unusual and rarely offered herbaceous species of Elder which is stunning when in flower and then later when it fruits. The flowers and fruits are very similar to the elder tree, but this is a spreading, herbaceous perennial.

Growing up to 3' with straight stems with green, elder-like leaves topped with many large white flowers in June, July and August, followed by clusters of purple elderberries.

This species is rarely offered in nurseries, which is a shame because this is a truly magnificent plant. Will spread to cover a large area for a big impact, so ensure you have space.

This is a herb and medicinal uses include as a diuretic and to reduce fluid retention.

An easy plant to grow which is happy in most soil types.

Height and Spread: 90cm x 1.5m or more

Common name(s): Danewort, danesblood, dwarf elder or European dwarf elder, walewort, dwarf elderberry, elderwort and blood hilder.

All our plants are supplied in 9cm pots unless otherwise specified. Plants in this size pot establish quickly in the garden and often outpace plants in bigger pots planted at the same time. Our potted plants can be planted immediately, unless otherwise noted, or you can leave them in their pots until you are ready to plant.
The majority of our plants are grown outdoors. This means that they follow their natural growth patterns and are ready to plant at any time of the year. If you order the plants in winter, they are likely to be dormant and died back to ground level, ready to shoot again in spring - just like the herbaceous perennials in your own garden. Very occasionally, in winter, we may indicate on the packing slip that a plant needs to be hardened off before planting out. This will be because it has just come out of a polytunnel. If you have any questions about our plants or growing methods, please feel free to drop us an email.
We grow most of what we sell ourselves, in our nursery in the Buckinghamshire countryside. Our prices include VAT at 20%.