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Edraianthus pumilio

Edraianthus pumilio
grassy bells
I like the starry aftermath of flowering

Common name grassy bells
Family campanulaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers violet (May-June)
Size 1"
Light sun-light shade
Cultural notes requires well-drained soil; prefers alkaline soils

Tiny rock garden species from the Balkans. Its leaves are nearly linear, and are given a silvery sheen by the downy hairs on its top surfaces. Typical bellflowers appear in late spring. Its native habitat is limestone crevices, which means it's a double challenge: it needs excellent drainage (which I may be able to provide in troughs), and a high pH (and I've yet to start tailoring soil composition to the plants I grow). So getting it to truly thrive may be difficult, but I'm encouraged that I got at least one plant through a winter to blooming stage. A far cry from the impossibly floriferous flower-show specimens entirely covered in the blue blooms, but I'll take it.

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from NARGS '12/'13 exchange. Baggy 35F (10w) - 70F (77%G, 3-8d)
  2. Same seed as above, cold-stored. Baggy 35F (8w; 5%G, 8w) - 70F (35%G, 3-6d)

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