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PlantFiles: Pyrenean Violet
Ramonda myconi

Family: Gesneriaceae (ges-ner-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ramonda (ram-ON-duh) (Info)
Species: myconi (MY-kon-eye) (Info)

6 members have or want this plant for trade.

Alpines and Rock Gardens

under 6 in. (15 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From leaf cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral bluespiral On Jan 24, 2007, bluespiral from (Zone 7a) wrote:

For those who'd like to try germinating seed of this plant, the following might be helpful:

1) Tom Cothier method - Surface sow at 20*C (68*F) in light; if no germination in 3 - 4 wks, move to -4*C to +4*C (24*F - 39*F) for 2 - 4 wks. Small seed, do not cover

2) In the 2nd edition of Norman C. Deno's book, Seed Germination Theory and Practice, he notes that seed of Ramonda myconi germinates best when it has been in dry storage for 6 months at 40*F, and then sown at 40*F for 3 months, followed by moving the pot to 70*F for 3 months. His research indicated that sowing fresh seed had poorer germination results.

Perhaps the main point to carry away from his work is to store the seed in dry storage at 40*F for 6 months after harvesting it in spring and/or early summer, and then to cycle the sown seed through warm and cold temperatures via various methods such as direct sowing, winter-sowing, or trundling the pot around indoors. Seems to me that there would be fewer problems with damping off fungus and accidents of nature with the winter-sowing method (although you would need to be extra vigilant about protecting the pots from slugs and snails).

However, if you decide to try it indoors, look up his comments elsewhere in PlantFiles on growing Haberlea rhodopensis, which he said was similar to germinating R. myconi and other gesneriads (or better yet - pounce on your own copy of his excellent book).

Neutral Baa On Aug 31, 2001, Baa wrote:

Perennial, native to the Pyrenees and mountains in North East Spain. Broad, ovate, wrinkled, toothed, dark green, hairy leaves forming a rosette. 1 inch flowers with 5 blue-violet petals with a yellow corolla and yellow anthers froming a cone shape. The occasional pink or white flowers can be found.

Flowers May-July. Dislikes winter wet

Prefers moist, well drained soil in partial shade. Best grown on their sides so water doesn't accumilate in the rosette and cause rotting. If leaves wither in dry conditions they soon recover when watered.

Favourite of slugs and snails.

Sow seeds when ripe and protect from slugs and snails. Seedlings grow very slowly so do not prick out until there are several sets of leaves.

Easy from leaf cuttings int he autumn.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

East Haddam, Connecticut

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