|I like the starry aftermath of flowering |
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.
||requires well-drained soil; prefers alkaline soils
We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.
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|Ed Connors||Mar 19, 2012||Have an unknown wheelbell in my rock garden that grows like a native. This encourages me to try pumilo. Thanks for your info.|
|Lori Skulski||May 25, 2015||Hi, Rob,
May I suggest posting your photo (and any others of it) to the SRGC forum to verify the ID? Edraianthus are often mislabelled, and from seedexes especially (if that's where you got it from) - though any Edraianthus is probably well worth growing! For Edraianthus pumilio, the foliage should be silvery (not really seeing that from your photo, though perhaps it is the light and angle?) and the leaves are usually shorter in proportion to the flowers, judging from other photos of it. Here's a good article at SRGC: http://www.srgc.net/forum/index.php?topic=4612.0 Perhaps your plant is absolutely correct, but it would be great to verify it, given all the confusion out there in the Internet plant photo records to start with! Cheers, Lori|
I can certainly do that. I did check my campanulaceae resource (Graham Nicholls' "Dwarf Campanulas and Associated Genera"), which was mostly consistent with my plant (it states that "leaves can be just green"), but I agree that mislabeled seed is rampant and proper ID is important.
- Seed from NARGS '12/'13 exchange. Baggy 35F (10w) - 70F (77%G, 3-8d)
- Same seed as above, cold-stored. Baggy 35F (8w; 5%G, 8w) - 70F (35%G, 3-6d)
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