Unlike its climbing cousin C. lanceolata, this is a rambler that is somewhat self-supporting but likes to use neighboring plants or shrubs as a support. Not as robust as C. lanceolata either - it took me several tries to get seedlings established and strong enough to weather a summer and a winter. But it looks like my efforts have been worthwhile - charming nodding bellflowers over a backdrop of small leaves.
|Tiniest, fuzzy new growth on second-year plants, just emerging in late April |
|The inside coloration, usually hidden from view, is primarily there for insects' benefit |
We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.
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|Barb||Nov 30, 2010||Love this plant - grew it some years ago & it overwintered nicely here in Zone 4 for 5 years or so. Lost it when I moved it for the third time one crazy summer...my own fault! One thing you don't mention, Rob, is the pungent aroma of the foliage - rather skunky when disturbed or bruised(like Fritillaria imperialis)so this is something to be aware of. Not offensive just growing there, though. Beautifully marked flowers. I've also read that its natural inclnation is to twine among shrubs, though mine never got particularly tall so I never had the chance to experiment with this idea.|
- Seed from '02 trade. Baggy 35F (16%G, 4-10 wks)-70F (no further germination)
Seed from T&M. Baggy 70F (40%G, 9-13d)
- Seed from '02 trade. Baggy 70F (80%G, 8-16d)
- Seed from '05 trade. Baggy 70F (47%G, 6-9d)
- Seed from NARGS '08/'09 exchange, cold-stored over summer. Baggy 70F (78%G, 5-11d)
Best treatment for these lots seems to be just germinate at room temperature. Note that Deno saw different germination behavior for commercial and wild-collected seed lots.
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