A. blanda is native to the Balkans and Turkey, where it grows in shady places. It is a knobby tuber from which grow dissected leaves finely divided into 3 leaflets, which grow to about (10cm) 4in high. Over this foliage, A. blanda blue carries the flowers, with 10-15 petals in many shades of blue, purple, and mauve. The flowers form drifts which move in the breezes, and shimmer with the low angled light of spring. This is a plant for dappled shade, where the sunshine of the spring can be used to flower and grow the tuber, and the heat of the summer is kept at bay by the canopy of trees.
Plant the tubers after soaking them overnight in cool water. Place them shallowly (3-4 cm deep) in soil which is free draining and humus rich, where they can be left undisturbed for thick clumps to develop, and seedlings to grow on. An annual dressing of leaf mould will help retain moisture
RHS Award of Garden Merit.
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