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Soldanella alpina. Alpine Soldanella.
Corolla campanulata, lacero-multifida. Caps. 1-locularis, apice multidentata.
SOLDANELLA alpina. Lin. Syst. Vegetab. p. 194.
SOLDANELLA alpina rotundifolia. Bauh. Pin. 295.
Of this genus there is at present only one known species, the alpina here figured, which is a native of Germany, and, as its name imports, an alpine plant.
Its blossoms are bell-shaped, of a delicate blue colour, sometimes white, and strikingly fringed on the edge.
It flowers usually in March, in the open ground; requires, as most alpine plants do, shade and moisture in the summer, and the shelter of a frame, in lieu of its more natural covering snow, in the winter; hence it is found to succeed best in a northern aspect: will thrive in an open border, but is more commonly kept in pots.
May be increased by parting its roots early in autumn.