National Trust seeks Eucomis species for new national collection

Plant Heritage has added a new collection of Eucomis species to its nationwide programme of National Plant Collections.
The collection is in the grounds of the National Trust property, Hardwick Hall, in Derbyshire and has been collected by outdoors manager Ian Hunt.

He said: "We were keen to fulfil the National Trust’s remit of plant conservation and establishing a National Collection seemed the right thing to do."
The gardens had included a number of hardy Eucomis in its herbaceous borders since 1985 and Hunt and his team have built on this to create an extensive collection under glass in the nursery.

New material is sourced from UK based specialist nurseries as well as Kew Gardens for some of the more unusual cultivars. To complete the collection Hunt is keen to source E. reichenbachii, E. schiiffii and E. grimshawii.
Plant Heritage conservation officer Mercy Morris said: "I am so pleased to see that the National Trust has started adding new National Plant Collections to our scheme.

"This is an indication not only of the importance that they place in the Collections, but also of the great wealth of cultivated plants held by the Trust. I also think that Eucomis are a fascinating group of plants, and not as widely grown as they should be."

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