Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Codonopsis

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.

Codonopsis viridis ex CC 7454
Codonopsis viridis CC 7650
An exquisitely marked species - highly desirable
£8




Codonopsis lanceolata
Codonopsis lanceolata in Schefflera taiwaniana
A particularly tough easy species with substantial jade and maroon bells
Codonopsis lanceolata and Tropaeolum speciosum in Schefflera taiwaniana
£8




Codonopsis ussuriensis

Codonopsis ussuriensis
Like lanceolata but with smaller, maroon bells. Also very hardy and easy
£8



Codonopsis rotundifolia grandiflora
Not flowered yet
£8




Codonopsis subscaposa
Not flowered yet
£8




Aconitum lycoctonum moldavicum

Aconitum lycoctonum moldavicum
This is one of those species where the flowers have a tall narrow hood. The best-known forms have yellowish or off-white flowers but this is a very nice dusky purple form, to about 3ft tall and flowering in late summer. Easy and hardy
Aconitum lycoctonum moldavicum
£8




Chasmanthe aethiopica

Chasmanthe aethiopica
A tender winter flowering bulb similar to Crocosmia. The plumes of scarlet flowers make it a striking greenhouse plant, perhaps for a large pot with plenty of moisture during the growing season. Not invasive.
Not a brilliant photo because they're too tall for the greenhouse staging. I'll keep them on a lower bench next year
£8