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CHAENORRHINUM origanifolium 'Summer Skies'

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Family

Scrophulariaceae

Botanical Name

CHAENORRHINUM origanifolium 'Summer Skies'

Plant Common Name

Dwarf Snapdragon, Summer Skies Dwarf Snapdragon

General Description

Small, fairy-like, deep powdery-blue flowers open above the petite leaves of this dwarf snapdragon, ‘Summer Skies.’ A short-lived perennial, it is descended from a species native of the lands around the Mediterranean Sea. It is a small, branching plant with leaves that are rounded to perhaps heart-shaped, dark green above and purple on the underside. From mid-spring through summer, small branching stems rise above the leaves and are adorned with small cup or bell-shaped flowers that are medium, azure blue. They may have very small white throats.

Grow 'Summer Skies' in coarse, gritty well-drained soils in full to partial sun. Make certain that plants are subject to drier conditions in the winter. Grow them in an alpine scree or rock garden, allowing them to naturalize by sowing their seeds. Indoors they are only suitable for a cool alpine house.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 8

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    8"-10" / 20.3cm - 25.4cm

  • Width

    10"-12" / 25.4cm - 30.5cm

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Mediterranean

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Spreading

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Blue

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Alpine, Groundcover, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes