Sun, 03 Sep 2006 20:37:32 PDT
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>Thanks for your message, you might be 
>correct but Codonopsis lanceolata according 
>to the RHS is spotted and striped violet within
>and flowers in the autumn.  While C. convolvulacea, 
>hardy to zone 5,  is azure to violet blue without 
>stripes. How high is your plant? Thanks for the
>leads to the websites. Cheers John

I've heard back from Paul Kneebone who created the previously website on 
Codonopsis, and he agrees it looks most like C. lanceolata.  FYI, while the 
original photos I posted showed flowers that had a fairly uniform zone of purplish 
color inside the corolla (the upper half of the corolla) and purple spots 
(lower half of the corolla), the most recent flowers show some level of purplish 
striping on the inside of the flowers.

My plant is vining to about 30" tall so far, with many stems turning back 
down and twining downwards... there are numerous flowers and buds.

Mark McDonough Pepperell, Massachusetts, United States "New England" USDA Zone 5
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