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Phyteuma orbiculare

Phyteuma orbiculare
round-headed rampion

Common name round-headed rampion
Family campanulaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers blue (late spring)
Size 12"
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes well-drained garden soil
From seed Germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below

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.

Phyteuma orbiculare
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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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '00 trade. Baggy 70F (some light), good germination
  2. Seed from '04 garden. Baggy 70F (100%G, 7-10d)
  3. Seed from '09 trade. Baggy 70F with light (81%G, 9-20d)
  4. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F with light (high% G, 7-12d)
  5. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F with light (36% G, 10-18d)
  6. 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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