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Cretan Wall-Lettuce

Petromarula pinnata

Family: Campanulaceae (kam-pan-yew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Petromarula (pet-ro-MAR-oo-lah) (Info)
Species: pinnata (pin-NAY-tuh) (Info)

Category:

Perennials

Water Requirements:

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Sun Exposure:

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Foliage:

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Foliage Color:

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Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

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Hardiness:

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

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

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Where to Grow:

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Danger:

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Bloom Color:

Rose/Mauve

Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

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Seed Collecting:

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Regional

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

Richmond, California

San Jose, California

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On May 17, 2003, dpmichael from Rethymno, Crete,
Greece (Zone 10b) wrote:

This miraculous and spectacular perennial, has me in trouble trying to get its seeds for the third year now.

It grows wild on the most minute rock crack. It produces leaves around its base that look very much like those of celery. In mid April long stalks develop within a few days and the flowers show about the end of April. It reaches a height of about 1.5 meters (5 feet) and mature plants have upto 30 stalks filled with flowers. The locals eat the leaves in the salad.

The plant cannot stand the heat of the cretan summer. It dries quickly and appears again next year. It is surprising how little it is known and appreciated. I have not found found seeds on the mature stalks. I will try again this month.

Neutral

On Apr 2, 2001, ladygreenthumbs from Fredericksburg, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

(No Common Name) Beautiful Campanula relative from Crete. Evergreen, shiny, parsley-like foliage forms an attractive rosette with the bloom spike of pale lavender, wide-open bells emanating from the center to about 18 inches.
Description: Robust rosettes, spikes of closely packed, starry mauve flowers Jun-Jul, 1m. Monocarpic and takes several years to reach flowering size. Does not tolerate clay soil.

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