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Rabdosia longituba

Rabdosia longituba
trumpet spurflower
A closeup of the flowers shows the "long tubes" for which this species is named
Rabdosia longituba
Small ice flowers on the dormant stalk in early December; not as impressive as those on its close relative hardy spurflower, but this plant is just one year old

Common name trumpet spurflower
Family lamiaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z6-8)
Flowers blue (autumn)
Size 36"
Light part shade
From seed germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below

Woodland plant from Japan. I almost forgot I had planted seedlings in a few places around the garden this year, when I spotted, in late October, some clear blue flowers peeking from a shady corner. Our plants have continued to survive, both the ones I mistakenly planted in a sunny area and the ones that get part shade – and the floral display has gotten more impressive with the years. The blast of blue in late fall is alway a treat.

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

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from HPS/MAG '05/'06 exchange. Baggy 70F (62%G, 7-21d)

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