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Polemonium 'Bressingham Purple'

Family: Polemoniaceae (po-le-moh-nee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Polemonium (po-le-MOH-nee-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Bressingham Purple

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
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)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

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

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive plantaholic186 On Jan 10, 2009, plantaholic186 from Winnetka, IL wrote:

This plant does very well in my wet-but-not-quite-bog garden, and self-seeds happily. I'm not sure if the seedlings will come true, since most have pretty green leaves, but some do have a purplish tinge to them.
Overall easy-peasy and flowers repeatedly all fall.

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 19, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Short 15" - Plant 12" apart. zone 4-9 Highly decorative. Beautiful flowers of deep electric lavender-blue above the decorative mound of fernlike foliage. The leaves take on a rich, dark purple hue in spring and again in fall. In between, they turn somewhat greener in summer depending on light intensity. A Blooms of Bressingham selection.

Positive SW_gardener On Mar 11, 2006, SW_gardener from (Zone 6a) wrote:

My plant is in full sun, it does well there. Flowers late spring/early summer and mine even flowered a second time!!! The second flowering wasn't much though. Be carefull when raking mulch and dead leaves off in the spring, cause I just tore part of the plant out. It still had roots on it though so I put it back in the ground :)

Positive jamie68 On Jul 29, 2005, jamie68 from Vancouver, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Very generous with the flower stalks, unlike some of the others. And the foliage stays fresh for quite some time!!


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

Ripon, California
Winnetka, Illinois
South China, Maine
Winchester, Massachusetts
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
South Rockwood, Michigan
Saint Robert, Missouri
Buffalo, New York
Wallkill, New York
Watertown, New York
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Summerville, South Carolina (2 reports)
Maryville, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Lexington, Virginia
Olympia, Washington
Vancouver, Washington

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