Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Navelwort

Omphalodes

Omphalodes cappadocica
A slow-spreading, clumping perennial, reaching up to 1 x 1 foot in size, that is native to moist deciduous woodlands in northern Turkey.
The pointed, ovate leaves are up to 3.5 x 2 inches in size. The dull green foliage ranges from semi-evergreen to evergreen depending on climate.
The blue flowers, up to 0.3 inches wide, are borne early to mid-spring, however sporadic blooms may continue appear to late autumn.
Hardy zones 6 to 8 in partial to full shade on consistently moist, humus-rich, well drained soil. It is tolerant of alkaline soil. They are easy to grow in woodland conditions. Propagation is from division during early spring.

'Cherry Ingram'
Lance-shaped leaves, up to 7 x 2 inches in size, and abundant, large blue flowers.

'Starry Eyes'
Reaches up to 1 x 1.5 feet in size, bearing flowers that are deep blue variegated with a white edge.

Omphalodes verna
A perennial, reaching up to 8 inches x 3 feet, that is native to moist mountain forests from central Italy to Romania, though also naturalized in much of western Europe.
The cordate, ovate leaves, up to 8 x 2.3 inches in size, are bright green.
The pale-violet flowers, up to 0.4 inches wide, are borne during early to mid spring.
Hardy zones 5 to 8 in shade on just about any moist, humus-rich soil.

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