Upright plantstalks covered in large bellflowers in late spring. The common and botanical names derived from the long narrow leaves. We've had the normal blue variety for many years now - they self-seed, sometimes enough to give quite a show in early June. More recently, I traded for seed of 'Alba', and got to see the results this year. No surprises, really - just a bright white equivalent.
||blue, white (June)
||germinate at room temperature, do not exclude light
detailed seed-starting info below
In our garden, this plant grows in the following areas: driveway bed, front perennial border
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|beth||Sep 02, 2008||how do you find the seeds on these, i have some but can't find the seeds, are they hard to find? because I'm not finding any at all.|
It should not be difficult to find the seeds - there are dried pods along the flowerstalk. Just snipping a stalk and holding it upside down should unleash hundreds of seeds. After a while the pods develop holes and seeds drop by themselves - maybe you waited too long?
|Joan Barber email@example.com||Jul 03, 2010||Beautiful blue long lasting flowers. I live on Vancouver Island and would like to know if I can transplant roots in July. |
With proper care, and provided you take enough soil along with the roots, I'd say yes. But if I had any choice, I'd wait till fall.
|Andrea Lee-Burnet||Jun 04, 2012||I have bought a house with a lovely mature perennial garden Just now the peach leaf bellflower is opening It is lovely I will divide in the fall as it is a huge plant, unfortunately neglected as the designer of garden became too old to tend BUT I WILL|
|Blake||Jun 24, 2012||had so much difficulty germinating these! I tried in paper towel + baggy. It's been about 3 months for the first batch, 2 months for the second and nothing has germinated. The seeds are so miniscule it's hard to believe anything could come out of them.
I put a third batch scattered over a pot of soil and maybe 5 of 25 sprouted the tiniest, tiniest of leaves, beginning 2 weeks later. The first 3 withered and died, and the other two are still tiny. Seeing as it's June, I have no hope for seeing them bloom this year. I doubt they'll even survive.|
The seeds for this species are not microscopic, and should germinate without too much trouble. I suspect that your batch is actually (mostly) chaff.
- Seed for 'Alba' from '04 trade. Baggy 70F with light (34+%G, 6-11d)
- Seed for regular blue variety from '07 garden. Baggy 70F with light (~25%G, 9-15d)
- Same seed as above. Baggy 70F with light (16%G, 12-26d). Seedlings were weak, probably due to the age of the seed
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