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Adenophora stenanthina

Adenophora stenanthina
Adenophora stenanthina
Adenophora stenanthina

Family campanulaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers blue-purple (late summer)
Size 16-36"
Light sun-part shade

Native to grasslands in northeast Asia. I grew a few plants from seed in 2011, but wasn't sure whether they returned the following year; they certainly didn't make themselves obvious. In spring of 2013, there was just one plant that looked like it might be my adenophora, but it got lost in the jumble of our nursery area by mid-season. And then suddenly, in August, it was in glorious bloom, with dozens of cute pendulous bells, each with a darker blue clapper. They were all dangling from wiry stems that seemed so far removed from the mother plant that I had a hard time even finding the foliage – so I have just a mediocre photo showing the leaves, just so I'll know how to identify the plant next spring.

Adenophora stenanthina

A plant in our nursery area that I suspect might be this species emerged with roundish leaves in early spring, but it has now put out much narrower secondary leaves, which look superficially similar to the ones in the photo above.

Leaves emerge quite late, which has complicated keeping track of and identifying these plants. I'm currently keeping an eye on two distinct forms, both of which I believe to be adenophoras of some species or another. Photos of plants shortly after they emerged this spring are shown below. Type 1 has a carrot-like root.

Adenophora stenanthina
Type 1
Adenophora stenanthina
Type 1
Adenophora stenanthina
Type 2

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

Read about my efforts to distinguish adenophoras from campanulas

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from NARGS '10/'11 exchange. Baggy 35F (69%G, 4-7w)

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