Plant of the Month - May 2019

Rubus 'Benenden'

Rubus 'Benenden' - S. Turner

This beautiful shrub, a bramble relative, has long arching canes carrying 2 inch pure white flowers with golden stamens, along the entire length. The soft green, lobed leaves make a lovely foil for the crepe paper flowers.

In 1950, at his home in Benenden, Kent, Captain Collingwood Ingram (‘Cherry’ Ingram) raised this hybrid from 2 similar species: R. deliciosus which was introduced from the Rocky Mountains of Colorado in 1870, and R. trilobus, introduced from Mexico in 1938.

The Royal Horticultural Society has bestowed its Award of Garden Merit on R. ‘Benenden’.
It grows on Thompson Road drive below South Lodge

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