Delicate-looking, pale blue to violet (sometimes white) flowers, which can be up to 5cm across, open in mid-summer on this deciduous climber, which is happy to scramble through shrubs and woody plants in the mixed border. It originates from the Himalayas, China, Sichuan and Yunnan, where it grows in open places and woodland margins at 2000-4000m.
Sow seeds at any time onto a good soil-based compost covering seeds with fine grit or compost to approximately their own depth. We recommend germinating at 15 to 20 degrees C. Germination may be very slow, perhaps 2-3 months, or sometimes much longer, and these seeds may sometimes wait for spring before emerging. Grow on individual seedlings in 3 inch pots before finally planting with climbing support in a well-drained spot or very large pot.
Common name:Bonnet Bellflower
Classification:Hardy climber, Hardy perennial