|New flowers: just small bells |
Twining tender perennial vine, grown as an annual in our climate. Although the seedlings developed nicely inside, the plants didn't do much of anything once placed outside, and a good fraction perished. But in late summer the survivors finally started twining their heart-shaped leaves up the fence along which I had placed them, and by late August were displaying their flowers. The blooms start as small rounded bells in a deep shade of purple. As they get older, the original bell part develops a lighter shade of rose, while a darker tubular protrusion grows out of its center and proceeds to open - creating a bicolor effect. Up close you can see that all parts of the flower are softly hairy.
||purple bell vine
||vine to 10 ft
This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...
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|tina brady||Feb 02, 2009||Your site is great. You have good pics for identification, get to the heart of what a gardener needs to know and do it in a way anyone can understand quickly and completely. I will be sure to mark your site as a favorite.
- Seed from NARGS '07/'08 exchange. Baggy 70F with light (90%G, 10-13d)
- Same seed as above. Baggy 70F with light (35%G, 9-14d)
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common mis-spellings: atrosanguineus
March 14, 2009