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Ramonda nathaliae
  • RHS AGM

Natalie's ramonda

R. nathaliae is a low-growing perennial producing rosettes of pale, evergreen leaves about 5cm long. The small clusters of saucer-shaped, deep mauve-blue flowers are produced in late spring and early summer

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Size
Ultimate height
Up to 10cm
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0–0.1 metre
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Blue Purple Green
Summer Blue Purple Green
Autumn Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or North–facing or East–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Gesneriaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Clump forming
Genus

Ramonda are evergreen perennials forming rosettes of crinkled, hairy leaves, with solitary or clustered flowers in late spring and early summer

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Balkans

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil in partial shade. Plants grow best on their sides to avoid accumulations of moisture in the rosettes, which may cause rotting in winter

Propagation

Propagate by seed or root leaf cuttings in early autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Patio and container plants
  • Rock garden
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Slugs and snails may be a problem

Diseases

Generally disease free

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