Omphalodes Cherry Ingram
Cappadocian navelwort

Omphalodes Cherry Ingram

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The name is hard to remember but the flowers of Omphalodes cappadocica Cherry Ingram are an unforgettable cerulean blue. This usefully shade-tolerant, ground covering herbaceous perennial produces distinctive starry flowers in late spring from an attractive mat-forming foliage comprising pretty lanceolate leaves.

Marie Antoinette, a woman of strong preferences, loved this vibrant, originally Turkish flower. This variety was named after the revered 20th-century ornithologist and plantsman Collingwood Cherry Ingram, an expert on Japanese Prunus, who saved a particular cherry from extinction. It is a recipient of the RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit), for all round excellence.


In mid-summer the highly decorative blue flowers appear

  • Moist, well drained soil
  • Partial shade
  • East, west facing

Lovely for under planting or ground cover, it is worth keeping an eye out for snails and slug attack. Cut down after flowering