Rather like a climbing Fritillaria
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.
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 molluscs early on. To 6ft tall. Flowering late summer/autumn.
A particularly tough easy species with substantial jade and maroon bells
Codonopsis pilosula Tangshen
A vigorous climber with pale bells, delicately marked with purple inside
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