This is one of those plants that doesn’t make any great ballyhoo but which brings a lot of charm to the garden.  The slender stems support umbels of  small pincushion flowers that draw your eye in.  You need to pause and examine the flower closely to appreciate its beauty.  A ruff of caramel-coloured bracts surround the bronzy-red flowers.  The bracts also serve as a shallow bowl to hold the ripe seed.  I let the plant self-seed .  If you want to sow the seed yourself, do so immediately: you get better germination from sowing fresh seed.

Bupleurum longifolium

Bupleurum longifolium subsp aureum