Description: Hardy, early to midsummer-flowering perennial Nodding, goblet or bell-shaped, pale blue flowers hang on slender stems
Habit: Flower stalks grow to 36 inches high above a 12-inch wide evergreen rosette of strap-like foliage, which resembles the shape of peach leaves
Culture: Prefers fertile, moist but well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade; appreciates part shade in the afternoon in hot summer climates
Hardiness: USDA Zones 3 through 8
Origin: Southern Europe, Russia, western Asia
Attributes: Deer resistant
This popular native of southern Europe, Russia, and western Asia has been cultivated since at least the 16th century. Philadelphia nurseryman Bernard McMahon listed this single-flowered species along with eight others in his 1806 The American Gardeners Calendar. Robert Buist, also of Philadelphia, considered the Peach-leaved. One of the finest and commented that members of this genus agreed better with our American climate than that of Europe. Double-flowered forms were considered more desirable during the 18th century and in 1839 Buist touted double white and blue varieties in American Gardeners Directory.
Arrives in a 6" pot.