Venus's navelwort

Omphalodes linifolia

Venus's navelwort - Omphalodes linifolia

Common Name: Venus's navelwort
Genus: Omphalodes
Species: linifolia

Category: Annuals & Biennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage, Suitable for growing in containers, Good for a rock garden

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.40 m (40 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.15 m (15 cm)

Foliage Type: Semi EvergreenFlower Colour: Blue, White
Foliage Colour: Green, Grey/SilverFlowering Period: April to June

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

A lovely little alpine annual which will self seed happily in the right spot. It forms an upright branching base of grey-green leaves and produces sprays of little white (but occasionally pale blue) flowers that look like forget-me-nots throughout the summer. A native of dry open sites in South Western Europe it is quite tolerant of alkaline soils and can cope with drought. Plant it near the front of a mixed border or pot it up into a container for the patio.

  • Garden care: Watch out for slugs and snails and don't remove all the spent flowers if you want the seeds to develop.

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