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Edraianthus tenuifolius

Edraianthus tenuifolius
grassy bells

Synonym(s) Wahlenbergia tenuifolius
Common name grassy bells
Family campanulaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z5-8)
Flowers blue (June)
Size 4"
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes well-drained soil (keep dry in winter)
From seed germinate at room temperature with exposure to light
detailed seed-starting info below

Since I've gotten more interested in rock gardening, I've read up on some of the smaller campanulas and their relatives. I had never grown Edraianthus, but a few years ago I selected seeds for three species from the NARGS exchange. E. tenuifolius was the only one still alive through the heat of summer and the cold of winter, and got planted in our rock garden. It is supposed to do best with some afternoon shade, but our rock garden doesn't really offer much in the way of shade. In any case, ours are planted in relatively protected pockets, and I was excited to see the first clear blue flowers in early June. Since then, the plants have gotten stockier, with semi-woody base stems – and more flowers in year three.

Edraianthus tenuifolius
First flowers, in June of the second year
grassy bells
Understatedly evergreen (with some purple notes) in late winter

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '07 trade. Baggy 65 with light (100%G, 6-9d).
    Also pot outside 12/30/07. Seedlings by April 7th
  2. Seed from NARGS '14/'15 exchange. Baggy 70F with light (71%G, 7-16d)

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