Scopolia carniolica Dark Purple Form
25 seeds per packet.
A rarely offered perennial in the Solanaceae family with a long history of medicinal use that is native to the mountains of central and south-east Europe. Produces in this more desirable form attractive, pendulous, tubular, dark-purple flowers from April to May. Well-drained, moisture retentive soil in part sun to shade. Height 60 cm. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL PARTS OF THIS PLANT ARE TOXIC.
Sow upon receipt (best in autumn). Cover seed thinly, press in gently and keep top of compost from drying out. Keep pot outdoors or in cold frame over winter. Seeds germinate in spring.
Alternatively, if seeds can’t be sown in autumn use the following method: mix seeds with damp vermiculite and place inside a ziplock bag, keep bag somewhere warm for 3 weeks, then place in fridge (not freezer) for 8 weeks. Next spread mixture on top of a pot, thinly cover with compost or grit and keep warm at 15 to 20°C until germination, then move to somewhere cooler.
Carefully prick out seedlings when they have developed true leaves and are large enough to transplant to individual pots for growing on.