Codonopsis ID
Sun, 06 Jun 2010 11:30:40 PDT
On 6 Jun 2010, at 12:17, J. Agoston wrote:

> I have waited 7 years for this! Today my first, one and only Codonopsis
> started to bloom. I received the seeds a without epitheton. Can somebody
> help with the ID, please?
> The link:

It's probably Codonopsis clematidea, the most commonly grown species, and the 
one that is sent to exchanges under the name of every other species in the 

Some years ago, someone (Christopher Grey-Wilson, perhaps) acquired Codonopsis 
seed from all available sources, grew them to flowering, and then properly 
identified them. IIRC, the vast majority were C. clematidea, and seeds 
purporting to be of the less common species were rarely true to name.

I'm not sure where I read this account; perhaps Alpine-L in its Harry Dewey 
days, or in the AGS or SRGC journal.

Sorry to be so vague about the facts, but it's been a while. What has stuck 
with me was the conclusion that most codonopsis in cultivation, whatever name 
they are grown under, are actually C. clematidea.

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Maritime Zone 8, a cool Mediterranean climate
on beautiful Vancouver Island…

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