Friday, 29 April 2011

Molopospermum peloponnesiacum

Molopospermum peloponnesiacum
What a brilliant name!  
A very good-looking medium sized umbellifer with jagged cut glossy green foliage and creamy umbells turning lime green - a very nice contrast. Absolutely not at all "yet another bloody hog-weed" and not even slightly coarse or invasive.
Molopospermum peloponnesiacum
The new growth. To me this is one of those plants that is always worth looking at.
Although southern European in origin this plant is best kept not too hot or dry and does well in light woodland.
3L pots ~ £10

Thursday, 7 April 2011


Codonopsis lanceolata in Schefflera taiwaniana
Rather like a climbing Fritillary is how I'd describe these unusual herbaceous vines. The flowers have the same bell-shape and a similar green and maroon colour scheme, though without the chequering. The markings are just as interesting however.

Codonopsis lanceolata and Tropaeolum speciosum in Schefflera taiwaniana
Often recommended for woodland conditions but adaptable to a variety of rich and not too dry soils where the vine can grow up through shrubs into the light.
Watch out for slugs early on.
To 6ft tall. Flowering late summer /autumn
2L pots ~ £10

Codonopsis ussuriensis
Codonopsis ussuriensis
One of the darkest flowered species.
Codonopsis ussuriensis
Easy to grow but beware of slugs when it is small.
3L pots ~ £8