Plant of the Month for June, 2019

 (ed-ry-AN-thus  ho-va-TEE-eye)

General Information:

Edraianthus horvatii  is a small companula-like plant with vivid blue flowers. It is not very common in gardens but deserves more attention.

Edraianthus horvatii : photo by Robert Pavlis

Edraianthus horvatii :photo by Robert Pavlis

They are differentiated from Companula species by having capsules that split irregularly at the apex. Edraianthus are commonly called rock bells or grassy bells, which describes their grass like tufts of leaves and flowers quite well.

All species of Edraianthus are found in calcareous, rocky habitats at higher elevations.

Edraianthus horvatii : photo by Robert Pavlis

Edraianthus horvatii :photo by Robert Pavlis

Edraianthus horvatii : photo by Robert Pavlis

Edraianthus horvatii :photo by Robert Pavlis

Life Cycle: perennial

Height: 8cm (3in)

Bloom Time: summer

Natural Range: Macedonia and Greece

Habitat: rocky alpine screes

Synonyms:  none

Cultivation:

Light: sun

Soil: calcareous rock

Water: drought tolerant

USDA Hardiness Zone: ?4 - 8

Propagation: seed, cuttings

Seedex availability (ORG&HPS annual Seed Exchange): rare

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Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Robert Pavlis