Gardening

Omphalodes: a ground cover that looks like forget-me-nots


TheOmphalodesis a pretty perennial with large light green leaves and graceful small azure-blue flowers.

Omphalodes cappadocicaIn summary :

Latin name : Omphalodes cappadocica
Family : Boraginaceae
Type : Perennial

Harbor : Creeping tuft
Height : From 15 to 20 cm
Planting density : 4 to 6 feet for 1 m²
Exposure : Shade to partial shade
Ground : All types, but rich in humus

Flowering : April May

Ideal for shade beds, flowers of theOmphalodes cappadocica resemble those of forget-me-not.

PlantingOmphalodes cappadocica

TheOmphalodesappreciates land rich in organic matter. Amend the soilwith compost, potting soil or manure and then turn everything over to loosen the soil.

All you have to do is plant your Omphalodesat the rate of 4 to 6 feet per m². You can go up to 8 plants for a faster visual effect.

For a pot culture, proceed in the same way, first adding clay balls or gravel to the bottom of the pot to facilitate drainage.

Maintenance of theOmphalodes cappadocica

As young plants need to stay cool, you will need to be careful with watering for the first few years.

Once installed, theOmphalodesresists well to drought.

In spring, do not hesitate to add more compost or potting soil. Spread it on the surface and scratch the ground lightly.

If you cultivate theOmphalodesin pots, plan to repot every 2 to 3 years in order to renew the soil.

In the meantime, add a little nitrogen fertilizer in the spring and phosphorus in the fall.

Multiplication ofOmphalodes

Simple and fast, multiplication by division will give you the best result.

  • To do this, tear off the foot and divide it with a sharp spade.
  • Then, put your new plants in the ground by following our advice.

You can divide your plants at spring or in autumn. Either way, you will need to monitor the water supply after planting.

Diseases and pests

When spring arrives, only slugs and snails pose a threat to theOmphalodes.

They devour the young shoots, preventing the plant from growing properly.

Employment and association

Omphalodes cappadocicacan be used in potor in massive. It is ideal in ground coverat the foot of a tree or shrub. Indeed, it does not fear competition from other plants and sets in quickly.

Of course, it also has its place in a bed of perennials in association with other shade plants such as Bergenia, Hostas, ferns, etc.

Video: Forget Me Nots (October 2020).