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Soldanella montana
Mountain Snowbells
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Zone 5 to Zone 9
Plant Shapes: Tuft
1.493.710

Absolutely charming in the rock garden, alpine scree or trough garden, this is a spring-flowering perennial. It forms a small tuft of rounded, leathery green leaves with upright stems that hold nodding bell-shaped purple flowers with delicately fringed petal edges. Prefers at least afternoon shade and a gritty but moisture-retentive soil. In sunshine the leaves could become pale and suffer from brown, dry spots. Not as difficult to grow as some of the reference books may lead one to believe. Protection from slugs and snails in the winter and spring may be required: flower buds form in the autumn and are held down near the ground so they are very susceptible to damage. Native to mountainous areas across much of Europe. Well worth trying in Zones 3 or 4.


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Conditions     Appearance    
Sun Exposure
  Partial Shade

Soil Type
  Sandy
  Clay

Soil pH
  Acid
  Alkaline
  Neutral

Soil Moisture
  Average
  Moist

Care Level
  Moderate

Foot Traffic
  None

Rate of Spread
  Slow
Flower Colour
  Purple

Blooming Time
  Late Spring
  Mid Spring

Foliage Color
  Deep Green

Plant Characteristics
  Containers

Flower Head Size
  Small

Height
   15-20 cm
   6-8 inches

Spread
   15-30 cm
   6-12 inches


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