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Identity Crisis

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Mary Anne Black08-Jun-03 07:07 AM EST
Susan08-Jun-03 11:18 AM EST 6a   
Susan08-Jun-03 05:34 PM EST 6a   

Subject: Identity Crisis
From: Mary Anne Black
Date: 08-Jun-03 07:07 AM EST

I bought a 'Syphyandra Hoffmani'(sp?) at a local plant sale and don't have a clue what it is. Can anyone help?

Subject: RE: Identity Crisis
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 08-Jun-03 11:18 AM EST

According to my references, Symphyandra is a member of the Campanula (bellflower) family and are sometimes called Ring Bellflowers. They are 'a genus of short-lived, summer-flowering perennials, best grown as biennials. Suits large rock gardens and bases of banks..... Needs sun and well drained soil. Propagate by seed in autumn. Self seeds readily.' My references don't list hoffmani specifically and there wasn't much useful about it on the Internet. This page had a picture and called it a biennial...:

Subject: RE: Identity Crisis
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 08-Jun-03 05:34 PM EST

I received this e-mail today with further information: "I started symphyandra hoffmanii from seed several years ago. It grows very well in full shade (under maple trees), as well as sun, reseeds prolifically but is easy to pull out where not wanted."

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