Hoary Trailing Bellflower
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Hoary Trailing Bellflower
ative Photo: Thomas Kornack
Common name: Hoary Trailing Bellflower
Botanical name: Cyananthus incanus    Family: Campanulaceae (Bell flower family)

Hoary Trailing Bellflower is a wildflower of Eastern Himalayas, closely related to Small-leaved Trailing Bellflower. It is a low spreading perennial herb with short leafy stems bearing a solitary azure-blue funnel-shaped flower with oblong pointed spreading petals, and with long white hairs in the throat. Flowers are 2-2.5 cm across, flower-tube 1-1.5 cm long, and the petals 0.5-1 cm long. Sepal cup is lobed to half or less, sepals being 0.8-1 cm long, usually frilly. Leaves are elliptic, entire or very shallowly lobed, 0.1-1 cm, softly white-haired. Flowering stems are 6-10 cm long. Capsule is about 8 mm, surrounded by an enlarge and inflated sepal tube. Hoary Trailing Bellflower is found in E. Himalayas, from C. Nepal to SW China, at altitudes of 2100-4500. Flowering: July-September.

Identification credit: Thomas Kornack Photographed in North Sikkim.

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