Himalayan giant prepares to wow visitors at Fullers Mill Garden

A rare and spectacular plant, a native of the Himalayas, is preparing to flower at Fullers Mill Garden in West Stow, Bury St Edmunds.



Cardiocrinum giganteum yunnanense is a variation of the giant Himalayan lily. It is famed for its height and its abundance of tubular chartreuse coloured flowers. Only found in specialist plantsmans’ gardens due to the particular growing conditions it requires, it is a rare and prized sight when in flower.


Bernard Tickner, creator of the beautiful 7 acre garden at Fullers Mill, set on the banks of the River Lark, is looking forward to seeing what he believes will be his plant’s most dramatic display yet. He says;


“Unusually this year we have five flower stems to look forward to, each standing at around a metre in height. Our collection of plants has only ever produced two or three in the past. This extraordinary event is particularly special because after flowering the large parent bulb dies leaving behind a few smaller bulbs, which will take 6 to 7 years to reach maturity.  It is hardly surprising that very few gardens attempt to grow it and we feel very fortunate to be able to share this magical event with visitors over the coming two to three weeks.”


Bernard, a keen and knowledgeable gardener and avid collector of plants, has spent 50 years creating the garden at Fullers Mill, which was placed in charitable trust a decade ago. Earlier this year he donated the garden to Perennial, the national horticulture charity, in order to safeguard its future and ensure that visitors can continue to enjoy the year-round interest and inspiration the garden provides.


Richard Capewell, CEO of Perennial, says;


“How exciting that in the first year of Perennial’s custodianship of Fullers Mill it is putting on such a display! This is a truly magnificent plant when in flower so visitors to the garden are in for a real treat over the next few weeks.”


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