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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Horned rampion

How much time should I spend thinking up a clever title for a posting like this? I mean, I want to draw the crowds and everything, but what can I honestly say? As far as I know, people in other parts of the world put rampion on their breakfast cereal. One thing that I am certain about is that the 'horned' species (Phyteuma scheuchzeri) is a very easy plant to grow, and I regularly weed out seedlings. Phyteuma is a sizable genus from Europe and Asia, and they are much beloved by rock/alpine gardeners. The odd flowers bear little superficial resemblance to the bellflowers (Campanula) which are close cousins.


  1. Cool plant! Where did you get yours? Does it go by any other name?

  2. I don't recall where I got it, but I strongly expect I grew it from seed that I obtained from one of the seed exchanges (probably the North American Rock Garden Society) many years ago. Speaking of which . . membership in NARGS (and other similar organizations) entitles you to subscribe to the seed exchange, through which you can get access to all kinds of interesting plants. It is not required that you donate seed in exchange.

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