Leptodermis oblonga
Himalayan Leptodermis
 
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Family: Coffee family (Rubiaceae)
Native Habitat: northern China

Here's a wonderful little shrub that's new to American gardens. When it comes to blooming, Leptodermis is like the Energizer bunny; it keeps going and going and..... The highly-fragrant, violet-purple flowers are reminiscent of lilacs and begin in late spring. It blooms heavily for about a month and then more lightly all summer and and through fall until frost. Forming a small mound only 1 to 1½ ft. tall, it's a great plant for smaller spaces. Be aware that it does leaf out quite late in spring. Don't give up on it; you may not see the first leaves until late April or early May.

Ornamental Characteristics:
Dainty foliage on a dwarf plant. Violet-purple, lilac-like flowers that are quite fragrant. Begins blooming in late spring, blooming heavily for a month. Then blooms intermittently until frost.
Habit & Growth Rate:
Dwarf, mounding, deciduous shrub that typically grows to 1 to 1½ ft. tall. Late to leaf out in spring. Medium growth rate.
Landscape Uses: Perennial border, mixed border, rock garden, foundation planting.
Hardiness: Zone 5 to 8
Culture:
Full sun to part shade. Average soils. Easy and adaptable.