Scopolia: An interesting plant with bell-shaped pendant flowers for your pot and garden
A spreading perennial with veined wrinkled green leaves, bell-shaped yellow, pendent flowers in spring. Look out for the purple oval buds as they emerge from the soil. Good for some early interest in a shady bed or corner.
This plant is probably fairly poisonous. The rhizomes contain potentially poisonous alkaloids that are similar to Atropa belladonna. Adverse effects include visual disturbances and heat build-up due to lack of sweating. Micturition disorders may occur with overdose. Contraindicated in close angle glaucoma, prostatic adenoma with residual urine, tachycardia, and gastrointestinal obstructions, and any state where increased anticholinergic activity is harmful
Scopolia carniolica is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.6 m.
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 5. It is in flower from April to June. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects. The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral, and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) or semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers dry or moist soil.
By the end of the summer, the plant starts dying back and goes underground until the following spring. It is reported to spread mostly by rhizome fragmentation but in the garden, it has expanded very slowly. It has also not made viable seeds.