Jasione laevis ‘Blue Light’ (Syn. ‘Blaulicht’)
Bright buttons of cobalt blue
Cobalt blue globes like fuzzy ping pong balls, sit perkily above the neatest cushions of bright green foliage.
Jasione laevis ‘Blue Light’ is a very bright button indeed, that also happens to be jolly useful and downright tough.
It is a profuse and long bloomer from mid-spring onwards, with the flower globes hovering 20cm. above pretty cushions of tight foliage.
Hardy no fuss in poor sites
‘Blue Light’ is very suitable for seaside gardens, as it enjoys sandy soil and shrugs off windy sites.
Similarly it thrives in gardens with sandy, rocky, gravel or poor soil.
‘Blue Light’ has inherited some extra hardy qualities that make it so useful, thanks to a native habitat in southern Europe. Here it thrives on limestone, in open and rocky exposed and seaside sites.
Consequently ‘Blue Light’ is extremely frost hardy to well be,low -10C, and it actually performs better and stays tighter on lean rations.
So do not overfeed or plant in rich soil. It likes to do it hard, although it loves a sprinkling of dolomite lime.
Where to use in the garden
‘Blue Light’ makes marvellous garden edging because of its’ tight, neat, evergreen cushions of bright green, even over the winter when the cobalt blue pin-cushions have gone.
Likewise it positively glows as a decorative pot because of this spanking bright foliage cushion. Or it can star in a rockery, or mass planted as a very low, dense ground-cover.
Very low maintenance
The only task could possibly be to trim off spent flower stems if you wish, but these usually just disappear away themselves.
It is not particularly plagued by any pests or diseases.
– Height with flowers: 20cm. approx flower stems above a flat foliage mat.
– Width: 30-40cm approx.
– Position: Full Sun is best, but can tolerate short periods of shade as long as it is well drained. Suits seaside gardens well.
– Soil: Must be well drained. Tolerates a wide range of soils, from sandy to average garden loam and even clay that has been improved and opened with extra drainage. However Jasione does not tolerate heavy clay or poorly drained sites at all. Jasione is not a bit fussy about pH. So it can tolerate either acid or alkaline lime soils, as well as neutral.
– Fragrance: Sadly no.
– Frost: Very frost hardy to well below -10C.
– Growth: Evergreen perennial clumping groundcover.
– Beneficial for wildlife: Bees stay very busy gathering the pink pollen. A long blooming period is also a big help to our pollinator friends.
– Care: Carefree and virtually no maintenance.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Not particularly known as being tasty to rabbits and deer. But of course if they are hungry enough, or mean enough, they will eat anything.
– Origin: Beautiful native flower of the pastures, rocky outcrops, and seaside cliffs of southern Europe.
– Common names; Such a pretty plant has acquired some very ugly common names. Shepherd’s Scabious, Sheep’s Bit Scabious , Sheep’s Bit. are just some. But they arise because it is so vividly bright in the sheep grazing country of southern Europe, and sheep actually like grazing them. Old toothless sheep adore them, because the foliage is soft.