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
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Codonopsis ussuriensis

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



Codonopsis angustifolia (obtained as rotundifolia grandiflora)
Codonopsis rotundifolia grandiflora
Another lovely climbing species
Codonopsis rotundifolia grandiflora
£8




Codonopsis subscaposa
Codonopsis subscaposa
A stunning non-climbing species. The nodding Fritillaria-like flowers are creamy but heavily veined in black and held on incredibly tall slender stems over a small cluster of leaves (and yet no staking required so far).
Codonopsis subscaposa
Hugely desirable and my new favourite. Codonopsis seem to do well here despite the hot dry summers, with very little mollusc damage once they're past the seedling stage.
£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
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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