Linnaea × grandiflora

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Linnaea × grandiflora, synonym Abelia × grandiflora, is a hybrid Linnaea, raised by hybridising L. chinensis with L. uniflora. It is a deciduous or semievergreen multistemmed shrub with rounded, spreading, or gracefully arching branches to 1.0-1.8 m tall. The leaves are ovate, glossy, dark green, and 2–6 cm long. The flowers are produced in clusters, white, tinged pink, bell-shaped, to 2 cm long. Unlike most flowering shrubs in cultivation, the species blooms from late summer to well into the autumn.

Linnaea × grandiflora
Abelia flowers.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Dipsacales
Family: Caprifoliaceae
Genus: Linnaea
L. × grandiflora
Binomial name
Linnaea × grandiflora
(Rovelli ex André) Christenh.[1]
  • Abelia rupestris var. grandiflora Rovelli ex André
  • Abelia × grandiflora (Rovelli ex André) Rehder

The Latin specific epithet grandiflora means "abundant flowers".[2]

Cultivation and usesEdit

Linnaea × grandiflora was first raised in 1886 at the Rovelli nursery at Pallanza (now Verbania), on Lake Maggiore in Italy. It is used as an ornamental plant in specimen plantings in gardens, or in a mixed border with other shrubs. Propagation is by cuttings. Though relatively easy to cultivate, it is not fully hardy, and requires a sheltered position in full sun. This plant is still widely listed in the UK under the name Abelia. The variegated cultivar 'Hopleys’,[3] with pale pink flowers and growing to 1.5m × 1.5m, has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.


  1. ^ a b "Linnaea × grandiflora (Rovelli ex André) Christenh". Plants of the World Online. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Retrieved 2018-01-22.
  2. ^ Harrison, Lorraine (2012). RHS Latin for Gardeners. United Kingdom: Mitchell Beazley. ISBN 184533731X.
  3. ^ "Abelia × grandiflora 'Hopleys' (PBR) (v)". Royal Horticultural Society. Retrieved 20 December 2017.

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