Soldanella

The snowbells are amongst the favourite flowers of the European Alps, pushing their way through the melting snow, to show their delightful fringed bells. Their characteristic round, shiny leaves follow, and one way of identifying species is by way of the colour underneath the leaves, which can be red, green, blue-grey or purple. They are all fine plants for a cool damp place, outside or in a pot. They should be divided regularly to maintain vigour, and marauding slugs should be persuaded to hunt elsewhere. [I was astonished to read that a Soldanella germinated from a block of peat dug as fuel in Orkney.]
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Soldanella alpina

Funnel-shaped, lavender-blue flowers with red markings on the inside.
£5.00

Soldanella villosa

Purple, fringed bells open over mat of round, shiny leaves.
£4.00