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Jankaea heldreichii

Jankaea heldreichii This plant is a member of the Gesneriaceae family. A renowned group of plants that like limestone and shade.  Jankaea in its natural habitat grows in  the limestone shady crevices on Mount Olympus where it is a protected plant.  Normally it is raised in a pot in the Alpine House and seen on the Show Bench as here:

In the garden
Jankaea heldriechii I decided to let it free and try it in the garden.  I was lucky enough to obtain some plants that had been raised from seed, six of these I planted on the NE facing face of tufa rock that is landscaped into a raised bed.  They have taken off, they are never covered and are now flowering, an extremely rewarding experience.

Jo Walker