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)


Alpines and Rock Gardens

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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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


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Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer



Other details:

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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:

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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


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

East Haddam, Connecticut

Bellevue, Washington

Gardeners' Notes:


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 ... read more


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.

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