Thursday, 7 April 2011

Codonopsis


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
1L pots ~ £7




Codonopsis pilosula
Codonopsis pilosula
A vigorous herbaceous climber with waxy palest jade green bells marked with maroon veins and speckles. Easy in any fertile soil in sun or semi shade, but protect from slugs initially.
2L pots ~ £8




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