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Products > Trachelium caeruleum
 
Trachelium caeruleum - Throatwort
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Campanulaceae (Bellflowers)
Origin: Mediterranean (Europe)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Blue Violet
Bloomtime: Spring/Fall
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Trachelium caeruleum (Blue Throatwort) - An herbaceous evergreen perennial that grows as a clump to 2 to 3 feet tall and as wide with dark green to reddish-bronze lance shaped leaves that have toothed margins. From spring and summer appear above the foliage 4 to 5 inch wide flattened dome-shaped clusters of 1/2 inch wide star-shaped blue-violet flowers. The flowers are slightly fragrant, somewhat resembling the scent of a lilac. A prolonged bloom appearance through fall can be had by deadheading spent flowers and the plant stays more upright with some support. Plant in full to part sun in most any well-drained soil, actually preferring the alkaline soils common to many western gardens, and give regular irrigation. This plant remains evergreen in our climate but can be treated more as a semi-hardy deciduous perennial elsewhere, possibly tolerating temperatures as low as 0 F or as a long blooming annual in even colder climates. It is fairly pest free while also attracting bird and butterflies to the garden. Cut back hard in late winter to keep plant looking its tidiest. It is a fantastic filler plant and great for cut flower use, though some people have a slight allergenic reaction to the flowers which reportedly can cause a rash. Blue Throatwort is native to areas along the western Mediterranean Sea, in North African (Algeria, Morocco) and Europe (Spain, Italy) and north into Portugal. The name for the genus is derived from the Greek word 'trachelos' meaning "a neck" from its reputed use in the treatment of ailments of the throat, which also corresponds to its common name Throatwort. The specific epithet given to this plant by Linnaeus in 1753 comes from the Latin word 'caerule' which means "blue". This plant is also commonly called the Blue Lace Flower or Umbrella Flower.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Trachelium caeruleum.