This is a good "what is THAT?" kind of plant. It stays low and has interestingly angular foliage. In May, the flowerheads form, and are intriguing even when they are still green - then they brighten up the front border when they open to clear blue many-fingered spheres. By summer, it fades back into the green zone. For us, it's been fussless, a reliable performer.
||blue (late spring)
||well-drained garden soil
||Germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below
|Interestingly, the new leaves that appear after flowering is over are completely different from the strappy early foliage, and quite attractive. A good case for a hard shear-back. |
This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...
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|stacey||Jul 06, 2006||what zone is this plant for? I live in Edmonton, AB, Canada, which is in Zone 3-4 (-30c)|
I have no hardiness information for this species. However, my AHS plant encyclopedia rates the related species P. scheuchzeri hardy to only Z5-7.
- Seed from '00 trade. Baggy 70F (some light), good germination
- Seed from '04 garden. Baggy 70F (100%G, 7-10d)
- Seed from '09 trade. Baggy 70F with light (81%G, 9-20d)
- Same seed as above. Baggy 70F with light (high% G, 7-12d)
- Same seed as above. Baggy 70F with light (36% G, 10-18d)
- Same seed as above, cold-stored. Baggy 70F with light (38%G, 10-16d)
Better long-term viability than I would have expected.
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