This plant, originating from a flower seed mix, is the only survivor of the central European winter on my balcony.

  • The flowers have a mild scent of roses
  • Other plants in the package that I could identify are cornflower (Centaurea cyanus) and bell flower (Campanula medium)
  • The plant in the picture has been exposed to temperatures ranging between -5°C and +35°C

What is it?

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  • The flower looks a bit like a Streptocarpus, but I the leaf is wrong, more investigating required
    – user13638
    Feb 8, 2016 at 22:05
  • Welcome to the site Glo! I have a couple of questions, if you don't mind. What were some of the other plants in the package? Is your balcony in the sun or shade most of the time? Do the flowers have any scent? What's the general range of temperatures where you live? You can just edit those, and any other details that might be helpful, right into your question. Thanks! Feb 10, 2016 at 21:55
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    – Niall C.
    Feb 14, 2016 at 4:33

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It is Orychophragmus violaceus.

This relative of mustard is biennial, native to east Asia and it has edible flowers. In Europe the plant is rather rare I believe.

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    You might want to add a link and a bit more info regarding the plant, Lorgim
    – Bamboo
    Feb 20, 2016 at 13:34
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  • Thank you was intrigued to know. It's grown for its leaves and used in Chinese cooking
    – user13638
    Feb 21, 2016 at 10:25
  • Hi Lorgim! You were unable to edit your original question because you have a couple of unregistered user accounts. Please consider registering one of them, then you can merge them together, which will allow you to edit, and comment on any of your posts. Thanks, and welcome to the site!
    – Niall C.
    Feb 21, 2016 at 15:42

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