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Choisya – Mexican orange blossom

Choisya – Mexican orange blossom

Choisya is a genus of shrubs, some of which have become very popular in the UK because of their ease of culture, their evergreen foliage, and their attractive, perfumed, white flowers in the spring. When a plant is as popular as choisya, it tends to become ubiquitous and then dismissed as too ordinary.

But I wanted to know more – why that name, where’s it from, what do those little flowers look like, and where does the perfume come from?

Here’s what I found.

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