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Blue Woodruff
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Blue Woodruff

Asperula orientalis
An annual relative of sweet woodruff, this freely blooming plant is a treasure. Clusters of tiny trumpets in bright lavender-blue bloom all summer long with little care, the clouds of flowers waving above the whorled leaves creating a softly mounded form. Described in 1935 by Hottes in The Book of Annuals, and uncommon in gardens–we hope to change that!
SKU #S232
$3.25
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Details
Approximate Seeds Per Packet
260
Lifecycle
Annual
Annual Hardiness
Hardy Annual
Mature Size
1' h x 8" w
Sun
Full sun to partial shade
Soil
Rich, moist, well-drained
Season
Summer to fall
Color
Lavender-blue with a deep pink base.
Features
Attracts Bees
Attracts Hummingbirds
SOWING INSTRUCTIONS
Depth:
Surface sow
Sprout Time:
7-21 days
Seed To Bloom:
10 weeks
Starting Indoors:
Not recommended.
Starting Outdoors:
Sow in early spring when the soil is cool and frost is still possible.
PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
Blue woodruff is a delicate flower composed of gathered clusters of tubular florets that attract pollinators. It perhaps is best appreciated grown in pots that bring the petite flowers close or sown in large drifts at the edge of the garden, even in light shade. Shear midseason as seedheads begin to form for a enthusiastic rebloom until fall. Self-sows.
Final Spacing:
8"
Water Requirements:
High Water Use
Watering Details:
Keep moist—at least 1" of water per week, more during particularly dry/hot spells, but do not allow to remain soggy, as this can cause crown rot.
Soil pH:
Not particular about pH
Fertilizer:
Mix in about 2" of compost before planting.
Diseases & Pests:
No major problems.