Syringa

Lilac
(Syringa vulgaris).
Other Names - Common Lilac
Origins - Europe.
Type - Perennial (deciduous).
Hardiness (see References, below) - Zones 3 - 7.
Bloom - Spring.
Height - Up to 23 ft (7 m).
Cultivation
Likes direct Sun, but will
tolerate semi-shade.
Will grow in most soils. Requires little pruning.
Propagation - By cuttings.
Other - Beautiful abundant, and intensely fragrant blooms! A must have, in any Spring garden.
Syringa is named after Greek nymph, Syringa, who turned herself into a shrub, to escape Pan, God of Forrests. Lilac blooms attract bees, and butterflies.
Deadheading promotes more blooms. Cold weather elongates blooming season, hot weather, shortens it.
Lilac blooms are edible. Candied blooms go well with cakes, fresh ones are good with yogurt, ice cream,
Granita, and salads.
For white blooms, try Syringa vulgaris 'Alba'.
For variegated foliage (golden-green), try Syringa vulgaris 'Dappled Dawn'.
For variegated blooms, try Syringa vulgaris 'Sensation'.
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