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Danny Takao


imageDanny Takao is president of Takao Nursery in Fresno, California, USA. The nursery is a dedicated supplier of perennial liners, shipping young plants to growers on the West Coast and throughout the US.

He is active not only within his company but in the horticulture industry and is a past President of OFA (An Association of Floriculture Professionals). As a plantsman he is constantly looking at plants, searching for something new to offer his customers.

“It is always interesting and exciting to find a brand new plant that is not yet on the market,” says Takao.

Lithodora diffusa ‘White Star’ was discovered as a sport at his nursery. The cultivar was trialed for four years to determine its colour stability and garden performance before commercial introduction through the Must Have Perennials™ programme. Five-petaled flowers have a clean white star that looks as though it is painted onto a background of bright blue. Plants grow into low cushiony mounds, flowering in late spring. Foliage is evergreen.

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Lithodora ‘White Star’

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