PROPAGATION: Divide clumps in spring. O. missouriensis is an exception –under glass in spring.
The range of reliable carpeting plants which will flourish and flower in the shade under trees and shrubs is quite limited – Navelwort is worth searching for. The blueare borne early in the season in loose sprays above the foliage which remains green almost all year round. The require humus – add peat, or mould when planting and mulch around the in spring. Dead heading will prolong the floral .
VARIETIES: O. cappadocica produces all-blue, about ½ in. across, in graceful sprays. Basic details are height 9 in., spacing 1 ft.
Flowering period: May-June. The variety ‘Anthea Bloom’ bears pale blue flowers. A variation in flower colour is found in O. verna – each blue bloom has a prominent white centre. It is rather lower-growing than O. cappadocica and there are other differences – it is earlier flowering (March-May) and quicker growing. Choose O. verna if you want to cover a patch of ground with Omphalodes in the shortest possible time.
SITE AND SOIL: Any moisture-retentive garden soil will do – thrives best in shade.
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