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National Council for The Conservation of Plants and Gardens


National Collection of the Genus Codonopsis and Allied Genera



Codonopsis Plants

Codonopsis kawakamii


The flower shape of this delightful little twining climber is like no other in the genus that we are aware of. The yellowish green tubular flowers hang amongst small hairy leaves on pinkish stems. This can be quite vigorous with a mass of flowers in mid summer and in other years hardly puts in an appearance at all. In 2014 our garden plant began flowering in October right up until Christmas! In 2015 it was back to its best. We find that in wet summers slugs are a real problem with this species so one must be vigilant.

The seed is small and brown.


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