Hinton Ampner Garden

Buglossoides purpurocaerulea

Purple gromwell


The Terrace.


A bushy plant that reaches on average 20-60 centimetres (7.9-24 in) of height, with a maximum of 70 centimetres (28 in). The stem is hairy, erect and unbranched with dark green leaves and small purple-reddish funnel-shaped flowers which turn to deep blue from April to June. This species is widespread in British Isles, central Europe up to South Russia and in Mediterranean countries from Spain to the eastern Turkey.

Site and Care:

These plants occur in dry and warm forests with sparse deciduous vegetation, in the meadows on the edge of the wood, in hedgerows and scrublands. They prefer chalky soils rich in humus.