ADENOPHORA

Pronunciation: (ad-en-off-or-a) Family: Ladybells, Grand Bellflower, CAMPANULACEAE No surprise to find these striking perennials included in the Campanula family — they look alike and are closely related, the difference being the presence of a nectar gland at the base of the style. Illustrated Adenophora lilifolia blooms late summer, sending up stems of mauve-blue bell-flowers 45cm/18in and more in height. They prefer a cool climate, full sun and a light but rich soil. Propagation by division is difficult, for they resent disturbance of the roots. Try ripe seed, sown in spring. It’s slower but more reliable. Pleasantly fragrant. You may also know … Continue reading ADENOPHORA