February 4, 2023
Syringa vulgaris 'Madame Lemoine'

Syringa vulgaris ‘Madame Lemoine’ or Lilac ‘Madame Lemoine’ is a deciduous shrub. It is from the Oleaceae family of plants. This plant is also known as the Common Lilac (vulgaris means common). It is related to the olives. It flowers in late spring or early summer. Flowers are white dense panicles. The flowers are fragrant. It has heart-shaped green leaves. Syringa vulgaris ‘Madame Lemoine’ is easy to grow.

Grow Syringa vulgaris ‘Madame Lemoine’ in the sun. Plant it in fertile humus-rich soil. It likes chalky soil. It is easy to grow and it is low maintenance. It does tolerate hard pruning. Syringa vulgaris is native to the Balkan area hills.

Syringa vulgaris was first described in Species Plantarum in 1753 by Carl Linnaeus (1707-78). He was a Swedish botanist. Many of his books and writings are in Latin. He is considered as one of the founders of modern ecology and was admired by many famous personalities such as Jean-Jacques Rousseau, August Strindberg, and Goethe. He was knighted by King Adolf Frederick with the Order of the Polar Star. Species Plantarum contains 1200 pages and is published in 2 volumes, it contains about 7300 species of plants.

Syringa vulgaris 'Madame Lemoine'

You can propagate Syringa vulgaris ‘Madame Lemoine’ by softwood cuttings or layering. The best time for this is in the summer. Syringa vulgaris ‘Madame Lemoine’ grows to 6 meters or 20ft. It does shoot suckers from the roots. Deadhead the flowers. Watch out for leaf-mining moth and thrips as well as honey fungus.

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