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|Origin:||Southwestern Europe to Caucasus: grassland, open woodland.|
|Distinction:||Award of Garden Merit (A.G.M.) from the Royal Horticultural Society.|
|Flower Colour:||light violet|
|Natural Flowering Period:||May - June|
|Winter Hardiness Zones:||Z5 - Z9|
|Foliage:||grass-like, linear, longer than inflorescens, strongly veined, green|
|Growth Habit:||clumping / rhizomatous / dense|
|Height with Flowers:||40 cm|
|Usage:||for the rock garden|
|Grams per 1000 seeds:||28.57143 Gram|
|Seeds per Gram
(does not correspond to the number of plants!):
|Gram to get 1000 plants
(if sown directly into pots etc. you will need a larger quantity):
(1) Cold-germinators are still referred to as frost-germinators, although this isn’t quite correct. The sowing must be kept warm (about +18 to +22°C) [about 64 to 72°F] and moist for the first 2–4 weeks. After this period the sowing must be kept at a cold temperature (between –4 and +4°C) [between 25 and 39°F] for another 4–6 weeks. Colder temperatures of –5°C [23°F] are only advantageous for most species of the Ranunculus family. It is not so important if the temperature is higher or lower during the cooling period, but the cooling period has to be prolonged because the synthesis of the germination inducer, hormon-like acid, slows down or comes to a standstill.
(10) For these bigger hard-shelled seeds, mechanical damaging of the shell is helpful for quicker swelling. One method is to grind the seed in dry sharp sand. They can also be treated for several hours in a “softener” (Polyethylenglycol 6000), which is used for the production of plastic material.