Small rounded evergreen leaves are a pleasure all year but it’s the finely fringed, lavender-blue flowers that really show this plant off. Soldanella cyanaster is one of the larger alpine snowbells with nodding blooms that sit strongly over the deep green, glossy foliage. In too much sunshine the leaves can become pale and suffer browning or burnt spots, however it can tolerate Morning Sunlight.
Growing: Soldanella cyanaster
– Height with flowers: 15cm approx.
– Width: 25cm approx.
– Position: Ideally cool sun to Partial Shade. They can tolerate some light but harsh Sun will scorch the growth.
– Soil: Grows very happily in consistently moist conditions but not waterlogged.
– Fragrance: None.
– Frost: Very hardy to -15C.
– Growth: Herbaceous Perennial.
– Attracts: Bees and also other beneficial pollinators.
– Care: Keep new plants watered after planting but otherwise minimal care is needed once established.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Resistant to these pests because they find it unpalatable. Protection from slugs and snails in the Winter and Spring may be required. Mainly before flowering because buds form down near ground level so they are very susceptible to damage before blooming.
– Origin: Native to the Rhodopi and Pirin Mountains of Bulgaria.