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 cardiophylla
Codonopsis cardiophylla
Substantial waxy bells of very pale purple with a rich purple centre. 
Codonopsis cardiophylla
Relatively short upright growth and glaucous rounded leaves.
£8



Codonopsis ovata
Codonopsis ovata
Elegant nodding pale bells on upright stems over a relatively low-growing plant
Codonopsis ovata
£8



Codonopsis pilosula Tangshen
Codonopsis Tangshen
A vigorous climber with pale bells, delicately marked with purple inside
£8



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