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Ramonda nathaliae

Ramonda

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Mauve

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Expert

photo by Dave Bevan, copyright GAP Photos (189170)

Plant details

This pretty alpine holds the Royal Horticultural Society's prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM). It is grown for its outward-facing, deep mauve-blue, four-petalled flowers which appear in late spring and early summer. Found growing wild in shady crevices and cliff faces in Macedonia, Bosnia and; Herzegovina and Greece, it must be grown on its side to avoid moisture accumulating in the rosette of leaves. Leaves wither in dry conditions but recover if watered throughly. Outdoors, grow in moist but well-drained soil in partial shade. In the alpine house, grow in a mixture of equal parts of loam, leaf mould and grit, in bright filtered light with shade from hot sun.

Family: Gesneriaceae

Genus: Ramonda

Species: nathaliae

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Mauve

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Expert

Height: 10cm

Spread: 10cm


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