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PlantFiles: Venus' Looking Glass
Legousia speculum-veneris

Family: Campanulaceae (kam-pan-yew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Legousia (le-GOO-see-uh) (Info)
Species: speculum-veneris (SPEK-yoo-lum VEN-er-iss) (Info)

Synonym:Campanula speculum-veneris
Synonym:Specularia speculum-veneris

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Medium Blue
Dark Blue

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

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Other details:
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Soil pH requirements:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Kim_M On Nov 8, 2004, Kim_M from Hamburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I really enjoyed having this plant in my garden this year. It flowered all summer and was very pretty.

Neutral saya On Jul 4, 2004, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

"..This close relative of bellflowers is a native of the Mediterranean area, but has naturalized in calcerous cornfields and waste ground in many places in Central Europe. It forms much-branching, somewhat bare tufts completely covered with wheel-shaped, bright violet flowers in profusion. Seeds can be sown directly where it is to flower and thinned to 15-20 cm (6-8") apart. Blooming starts 9-10 weeks from sowing and continues until September, although in hot areas it can be shorter. Specularia is at its best tumbling over the edges of window boxes and other containers. If grown in pots, a tuft of 5 seedlings can be left per 15 cm (6") pot. It's also good used as edging or as a filler in rockery crevices in sun or partial shade..."


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

Concord, California
Richmond, California
Louisville, Kentucky
Cole Camp, Missouri
Royersford, Pennsylvania
Olympia, Washington

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