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Phyteuma vagneri

Phyteuma vagneri
Phyteuma vagneri
Seedlings look pretty much the same as those of all other Phyteuma species I've grown. These were surface-sown to a pot, hence the dense coverage

Family campanulaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers dark violet (summer)
Size to 12"
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes well-drained soil
From seed germinate at room temperature with exposure to light
detailed seed-starting info below

Species endemic to the Carpathian mountains of eastern Europe. The basal leaves are rounded, on long leaf stems. Flowers are dark violet, in rounded clusters. Reportedly similar to P. spicatum, and distinguished from that species by shorter flower heads; while I've grown both from seed, I've yet to see either bloom, so I'll withhold judgment for now. Has a reputation for self-seeding.
I'm pretty sure the plants I grew from seed are NOT P. vagneri (quite different flower structure and color), but leaving this page up until I figure out what I do have on my hand.

Phyteuma vagneri
A few days before the flower cluster "pops"

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

Seed for this plant is included on my seed trade list

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from NARGS '11/'12 exchange. Baggy 70F with light (good G, 6-14d).

Tiny seedlings are weak; best to allow leaves to develop before potting up.

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