GENERAL HABIT: Herbaceous perennial with shallow rhizomatous roots . Plant grows to 10-12” high x 8” wide.
FOLIAGE: Fern like, medium-deep green leaves with slight red blotch in the center. Can go summer dormant if into much light or dries out.
FLOWER: June-July. Pale blue-violet. Fragrant.
COMMENTS: Found near 2000m at the summit of Emei Shan in Sichuan Province, it was thought to be C. elata. It was confirmed by Prof. Magnus Liden as the same species already on the market (introduced by Elizabeth Stragman) that is being offered as C. elata, but it is actually C. omeiana. It has flowers much denser and deeper blue with a slightly shorter stature when grown in part sun. Flowers are richly scented of coconut and gardenia and flower in June-July. If not in shade and irrigated throughout the summer, it can go summer dormant.
Collecting this plant at the summit of Emei Shan. July 2005.