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Bupleurum fruticosum - Shrubby Hare's Ear

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Apiaceae (Umbelliferae) (Carrots)
Origin: Mediterranean (Europe)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Spring/Fall
Height: 4-6 feet
Width: 4-6 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Bupleurum fruticosum (Shrubby Hare's Ear) - A durable and attractive evergreen shrub that has a rounded dense form to 4 to 6 feet tall and as wide with gray stems that are at first upright but later arch over, carrying soft elliptical to oblong leaves that lack petioles and are a glossy blue-green above with a lighter central vein and gray-green below. From late spring though summer appear the tiny sulfur yellow star shaped flowers held in delicate 3 to 4 inch wide rounded umbels at the branch tips. Plant in full sun to light shade in pretty much any soil type that drains, where it requires very little irrigation but can also tolerate more frequent watering. It is hardy to around 5 F and useful in USDA Zones 6 and above. It also puts up with first exposure seaside conditions, so is a great plant for beach area plantings, is resistant to deer predation and tolerates being pruned to shape - what an adaptable plant! Not terribly fast growing or showy from a distance, but its dainty yellow flowers contrast nicely with the dark foliage and, up close, it is quite charming. Since it holds foliage all the way to the ground, it is also a great background hedge or border foil for other plants. It is reportedly a good habitat plant for many types of beneficial insects and its attractive to bird and insect pollinators. Bupleurum fruticosum is native to the Mediterranean region from southern Europe from Portugal, Spain, Southern France, Italy and Greece south to North Africa, where it grows in walls and rock areas. It is fairly unique in the carrot family as a shrub and also with parallel venation on a simple leaf. The name for the genus comes from the Greek name for plant that means "ox rib", presumably for the shape of the leaves and the specific epithet means "shrubby". We first encountered this plant growing in the Mediterranean Garden at the Royal Botanic Garden Kew and decided we just had to grow it!  The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We have also incorporated comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing  Bupleurum fruticosum.