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Gardening in the Rainy Zone.
Sunset zones: 2b-9, 14-24.
USDA zones: 4-11. (There is conflicting information from lowest zones going down only to 5 or 6.)
Heat zones: 9-1.
Height: 8-10 feet (2.5-3 m).
Early to late summer.
Bell-shaped, pink flowers have a light white bar running down the center of each tepal inside.
Deciduous, mid-green leaves.
Light shade to full sun.
Fertile, humus rich, well-drained soil.
Mulch well with composted manure or compost. Fertilize once a month with a complete organic fertilizer during the growing season.
Layer branches in late winter.
Basal and softwood cuttings in spring.
Division in spring.
Semi-ripe cuttings in early summer.
Pruning group 3 or C.
Rainy Side Notes
From Japan comes this long-flowering, deciduous cultivar raised by Kazushige Ozawa in 1990. Blooming from summer and into autumn, the sweet, nodding, dark pink bells look great growing up an arbor, meandering through a shrub rose, or co-mingling with a climbing rose. Silky seed heads follow the pink flowers and persist into winter.
Although not a C. texensis hybrid, it's often classified as belonging in the texensis group. However, it is a cross between two American natives—C. crispa and C. viorna .
Photographed in author's garden.