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Campanula rotundifolia ssp. arctica 'Mount Jotunheim'

Campanula rotundifolia ssp. arctica ?Mount Jotunhe Campanula rotundifolia ssp. arctica ‘Mount Jotunheimen’ was collected by Henrick Zetterland on Mt. Jotunheimen, Norway and introduced into the United States by Grand Ridge Nursery about 1990. I introduced it into the U.K. in about 1997.

It makes a prostrate mound of tiny linear tightly packed leaves and circling stems that grow to 5 cm tall. The blue, campanulate flowers are to 1.2 cm long. This is a beautiful dwarf form of a usually tall species and is easily grown in a trough or pot. It dies back underground over winter. Propagation is by division of the tiny rhizomes as it comes into growth. It usually sets plenty of seed and has produced plants with a number of variations in size, flower form and degree of blooming.

Graham Nicholls