yellow wax bells

Kirengeshoma palmata (yellow wax bells). This shade-loving plant has large dark green leaves with deep lobes that resemble maple leaves in shape. The yellow buds come in groups of three, are waxy in texture, and will open into small bells towards the end of summer.

The plant itself is shrubby, herbaceous, and perennial. The stems are upright, purple, and grow to be about 1.5 meters (5 ft.) tall. Hardy in USDA Zones 5-8, this plant is native to Japan and Korea. Yellow wax bells is known to be deer resistant. Designers often use this lovely flower paired with hostas and ferns in the shade garden.

Botanical Name Kirengeshoma palmata
Common Name yellow wax bells
Family Hydrangeaceae
USDA Zone 5 to 8
Light Requirement Part Shade to Full Shade
Season(s) of interest Summer, Fall
Height and Spread
3-4ft x 2-3ft (90-120cm x 60-90cm)
Flower Color Yellow
Attracts Wildlife
Additional Information Native to Japan and Korea
Location in Lurie Garden
Southeast Dark Plate, Southwest Dark Plate, East Dark Plate