Polemonium Blue Dove

Height 25cm
Spread 50cm
Full sun
Botanical Name: Polemonium pulcherrium Blue Dove

Variety Profile

Attractive, dense ferny foliage makes 'Blue Dove' a valuable plant for all year round interest in the garden. As an added bonus loose sprays of open bell shaped flowers in a soft shade of blue can appear from spring right through to and including autumn.
Its 'lacy' appearance makes it a useful plant for softening hard lines and edges created by rocks, garden edging or paving.

Polemonium is a genus comprising of around 30 species of mostly perennial herbs which are native to regions of North and Central America, Europe and Asia.

Cultural Care

P.'Blue Dove' can be grown in both full sun or partial shade. It will flourish in a good open loam that is fairly rich and never very wet although in saying this do not allow the plant to dry out during extended dry periods.

The application of mulch around the plant will help retain moisture but an occasional deep watering through summer will often be required. A light dressing of a slow release fertiliser during spring and again in autumn will be beneficial to overall performance.

No pruning is necessary although old foliage may be removed at the sight of new growth in early spring simply to maintain a neat appearance.

In cooler regions P. 'Blue Dove' may become dormant during the coldest months with foliage returning at the onset of spring.

Plant Uses

An excellent plant for general garden use and suitable for most colour schemes. 'Blue Dove' looks particularly at home in woodland type settings or in the cottage garden.

As mentioned it may be grown in semi shade although this may decrease flower production. This, however, is not necessarily a reason to avoid planting it in such locations as the attractive foliage alone will lend a visual appeal to these often difficult landscaping zones. To accent the foliage further create a foil of foliage behind it using larger, broader leafed plants or those with tall slender foliage such as that of Irises.

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