Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis
Himalayan Sweet Box
sar-ko-KOK-a hook-er-e-A-na HU-mi-lis
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Broadleaf evergreen groundcover/shrub, 18-24 inches (45-63 cm) high, stoloniferous. Leaves simple, alternate (occasionally opposite), oblong to narrow lanceolate, 5-9 cm long, slender-pointed, entire, lustrous dark green above. Flowers off-white, lack petals, 12 mm long, fragrant, hidden by leaves, open in winter; male flowers (towards shoot tips) have pink anthers, female flowers with 2 styles. Fruit 6-8 mm diam., globose, shiny black.
- Part shade to shade, off color in full sun. Prefers moist, well-drained soil, high in organic matter. Good ground cover in shade.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 5 Native to western China.
- hookeriana: after Sir. Joseph Hooker; (sometimes spelled hookerana), humilis: low growing.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: front of the Valley Library