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Omphalodes cappadocica 'Parisian Skies'

Omphalodes cappadocica 'Parisian Skies'



About this cultivar:

Omphalodes cappadocica 'Parisian Skies' is a 2000 introduction from Dan Heims at Terranova Nurseries, originally discovered as a sport of 'Starry Eyes'. Starting purple-blue the flowers fade to as blue as the sky it is named after! Unfortunately the blue doesn't seem to show up in the photographs. Long lived and attractive (like Paris!.... and the sky!) this is one of the better cultivars around but we never see it for sale.

  • Position: Full sun, partial shade
  • Soil: Almost any soil, grows well in Ballyrobert
  • Flowers: April, May, June
  • Other features: -
  • Hardiness: Fully hardy, grows well in Ballyrobert, H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10°C)
  • Habit: Clump forming, mat forming
  • Foliage: Semi evergreen
  • Height: 10 - 25 cm (0.3 - 0.8 ft)
  • Spread: 15 - 45 cm (0.5 - 0.8 ft)
  • Time to full growth: 2 to 5 years
  • Plant type: Herbaceous Perennial
  • Colour: Green, blue, pink
  • Goes well with: Ajuga, Geraniums, Phlox subulata, Ranunculus

About this genus:

Omphalodes (om-fa-lo-des) gets its name from the Greek for navel, omphalos, and like,eidos; referrign to the shape of the seeds. Unsurprising then that the common name is navelwort. It is a genus of flowering plants in the forget-me-not family (Boraginaceae). Widely distributed in the temperate Northern Hemisphere. In spring they produce blue or white flowers similar to forget-me-nots.

A favorite of Marie Antoinette’s, Omphalodes prefer moist soils but are tolerant of dry conditions when grown in shade. They can take full sun where summers are temperate (these islands!) and need dappled light elsewhere. Slowly spreading by underground stems, this plant provides lovely and leafy evergreen ground cover. Try using it to enhance the edge of the woods or a rock garden with spring bulbs and Ajuga not far away. We actually grow some of ours near the front of a a border beside Geraniums - to whom they can pass on the flowering baton int he summer. Groundcover Phlox subulata looks great nearby as does Ranunculus.