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Sarcococca hookeriana var. digyna 'Purple Stem'

Purple Stem Dwarf Sweet Box

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Item #: 8597

Zones: 6a to 8b, at least

Dormancy: Evergreen

Height: 18" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Shade

Origin: Himalayan Mountains

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

Sarcococca hookeriana 'Purple Stem' is a wonderfully compact and free-flowering Hilliers Nursey selection of the Himalayan (Southeastern Tibet and nearby China) Sarcococca hookeriana var. digyna. This boxwood family member makes a superb, texturally interesting evergreen groundcover for the woodland garden. The 18" long, upright stalks are adorned with narrow, glossy green leaves. The dusty purple stems spread slowly via underground stolons, forming a 4' wide patch in 10 years. In late winter/early spring, the deer-resistant plants are laden with small but very fragrant white flowers. While Sarcococca 'Purple Stem' loves rich organic soils, ours have thrived in less than stellar soils in deep shade.