Herbs & Plants

Yellow Waxbells

Botanical Name: Kirengeshoma palmata
Family: Hydrangeaceae
Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Cornales
Genus: Kirengeshoma
Species: K. palmata

Synonyms: Kirengeshoma koreana,Kirengeshoma suffruticosa

Common Name: Yellow wax bells

Habitat: Yellow Waxbells is native to Japan and eastern China (Huangshan and Tianmushan)

Yellow Waxbe is a clump-forming herbaceous perennial growing to 60–120 cm (24–47 in) tall by 75 cm (30 in) broad, with sycamore-like palmate leaves, and fleshy, pale yellow flowers borne on slender maroon stems in late summer.

The plant is almost shrubby, it grows erect, purplish stems two to four feet tall each season, creating an impressive mass of medium green foliage. The wiry, upright stems are strong and almost woody. The opposite, deeply lobed and coarsely toothed leaves can be up to 8 inches across, resembling a maple or sycamore leaf with an almost felt-like appearance. Late in the season the leaves can turn gold (if not killed by frost first). After the first freeze the entire plant dies back to the ground.The flowers are followed by three-horned seed capsules that turn a brownish-green color when mature. The small tan seeds have irregular-shaped, papery wings.

Kirengeshoma palmata seed capsules


It is a calcifuge, suitable for cultivation in a shady, moist location in acid soil.

Yellow wax bells are just one of many plants that thrive in shade and also add a burst of color, eye-catching leaf shapes, bold textures, and structure to create an inviting, rich garden. Pair yellow wax bells with upright astilbe, ferns, ligularia, lungwort, hakone grass, coralbells, and cimicifuga. Cover a large area by planting three to five plants of a single species together.

Edible and Medicinal Uses…not found anywhere.

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