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Legousia speculum-veneris

 
Legousia speculum-veneris
Venus' looking glass
Common name Venus' looking glass
Family campanulaceae
Life cycle annual
Flowers blue/violet
Size 6-12"
From seed germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripensmid-August

Seed for this annual came from a wildflower enthousiast, whose trade list featured some pretty darn weedy species - so I wasn't sure what to expect. So far, I'm pleased - although the plant's habit isn't impressive, the flowers are pretty, and eyepoppingly bright. It's not an everbloomer - when it's done, by late summer, it abruptly dies off, leaving an empty space in the garden. Something to take into consideration when deciding where to place them. I may experiment with deadheading and pinching, to see if I can get a bit more bulk out of the plant. In any case, glad I gave it a try.

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 '06 trade. Baggy 70F (29%G, 5-9d)
  2. Seed from '07 garden. Baggy 70F (42%G, 5-8d)


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