Codonopsis clematidea

Campanulaceae

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Codonopsis clematidea
 

Habitat: cool, part shade

Flowering: summer

Height: 1 m

Width: 60 cm

Soil: with grit and humus

The bell-shaped flowers, usually pale blue, mauve or occasionally white, mark these plants out as Campanula relatives. Most are climbers, so are best planted at the bases of small shrubs, which they will decorate with flowers for a second time each year. Flowers repay close inspection, having beautiful, brightly coloured patterns inside, but beware, for most species have a rather unpleasant, foxy smell coming from their foliage. Growth starts late in the spring, and the stems are surprisingly slender for the vigorous growth that follows. In contrast, the fleshy roots are substantial.

Codonopsis clematidea sprawls rather than climbs, and has large, pale blue flowers, with a most beautiful pattern inside.
CCR-9
9 cm pot £4.00

Codonopsis - some other suggestions
codonopsis_forrestii.jpg Codonopsis forrestii is a gently twining species, with wide-open, starry, pale blue flowers.
codonopsis_greywilsonii_himal_snow.jpg Codonopsis grey-wilsonii is a twining species from Nepal, with lovely large, pale blue flowers.
invisible.gif Codonopsis pilosula is a climber, with lots of green bell flowers, sometimes with some purple markings on the outside.
codonopsis_forrestii.jpg Codonopsis pinifolia is a gently twining species, with wide-open, starry, pale blue flowers.
codonopsis_tangshen2.jpg Codonopsis tangshen is a climber, growing well through small shrubs, and producing lots of stubby, bell-shaped flowers along its stems, an unusual yellowish-green colour.