Nathalia's Ramonda Ramonda nathaliae

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
Natalie's ramonda


The plant in question, commonly known as Natalie's Ramonda, boasts a striking appearance that is both delicate and fascinating. Natalie's Ramonda has a rosette of leaves from which emerges its charmingly attractive flowers. The leaves themselves are somewhat thick, fleshy, and boast a fine hair covering that gives them a velvety texture to the touch. They have an ovate to rounded shape with scalloped to toothed edges, and are typically a deep green shade which can make a lovely contrast with their surroundings. The flowers are what often capture the most attention. They grow atop slender stems that rise just above the foliage. Each flower showcases a symmetrical, bell-shaped appearance with five lobes. The petals of Natalie's Ramonda are particularly captivating, often presenting in various shades of purple or violet, and sometimes showing off enchanting patterns or darker accents at the base. At the center of each flower is a noticeable structure comprising the stamens and pistils, which are usually yellowish or white, adding an extra layer of allure to the overall floral display. The flowering of Natalie's Ramonda makes it a sought-after plant for rock gardens and alpine collections, as its blooms inject an undeniable charm and a splash of vibrant color. When not in flower, the lush foliage alone ensures that Natalie's Ramonda maintains its status as an attractive and desirable plant for gardeners and nature enthusiasts alike.

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Natalie's Ramonda, Macedonian Ramonda

    • Common names

      Petrocoptis nathaliae, Ramonda serbica

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      There is limited information available about the toxicity of Ramonda nathaliae, commonly known as Natalie's ramonda, to humans. It is not typically recognized as a toxic plant. However, with any non-edible plant, caution should be exercised as individual sensitivities can vary, and it's always best to keep plants not meant for consumption out of reach of children to avoid accidental ingestion. In general, only well-known food plants should be regarded as safe to eat.

    • To pets

      Similar to its effects on humans, there is limited information on the toxicity of Natalie's ramonda to pets. It is not commonly listed as a toxic plant to pets such as cats and dogs. Nevertheless, it is advisable to prevent pets from ingesting this or any other non-food plants, as they might cause digestive upset or an allergic reaction in some animals. Always consult a veterinarian if you suspect your pet has eaten a potentially harmful plant.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      4 inches (10 cm)

    • Spread

      6 inches (15 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Decorative Aesthetics: Ramonda nathaliae, also known as the Natalie's Ramonda, adds beauty to gardens and homes with its unique foliage and attractive purple flowers.
    • Historical Significance: The plant has cultural importance in some regions, which can add to the historical richness of a garden or collection.
    • Drought Resistance: This plant is well-suited for xeriscaping due to its ability to withstand periods of drought, making it ideal for dry or low-water gardens.
    • Low Maintenance: Natalie's Ramonda doesn't require a lot of care, making it a good choice for gardeners who prefer low-maintenance plants.
    • Shade Tolerance: As the plant naturally grows in rocky and shaded areas, it thrives in shaded parts of the garden where other plants might struggle.
    • Compact Size: Its small size allows it to fit easily in rock gardens, terrariums, or as part of a mixed container, contributing to diverse landscaping possibilities.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Symbolic decoration: In some cultures, Ramonda nathaliae, also commonly known as Serbian phoenix flower, is used in bouquets and wreaths to symbolize remembrance, similar to the poppy on Remembrance Day due to its ability to revive after wilting.
    • Scientific study: The plant's unique resurrection properties after dry periods make it a subject of interest for botanists and researchers studying desiccation tolerance and plant survival strategies.
    • Education: The Serbian phoenix flower is utilized as an educational tool in botany classes to demonstrate poikilohydric mechanisms, a plant's ability to withstand dehydration.
    • Artistic inspiration: Due to its distinct appearance and resilience, it often serves as a muse for artists and is featured in botanical illustrations and nature-inspired artworks.
    • Garden ornament: Garden enthusiasts may use this flower to add visual interest to rock gardens or as part of a collection of drought-tolerant plants for educational and aesthetic purposes.
    • Conservation campaigns: The Serbian phoenix flower, being a plant with a limited natural habitat, is often used as a symbol in conservation campaigns aimed at protecting endangered flora.
    • Hobbyist cultivation: Some plant collectors specialize in growing rare and unusual plants, including the Ramonda nathaliae, as a challenging and rewarding hobby.
    • Bee and butterfly attraction: In its native habitat, the flower serves as a nectar source for various insects, including bees and butterflies.
    • Photographic subject: The unique structure and resilience of the Serbian phoenix flower make it an appealing subject for nature photographers and enthusiasts.
    • Ecosystem indicator: It can act as an indicator species for the health of the ecosystem it inhabits, providing insights into moisture availability and climate conditions.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Natalie's Ramonda is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Natalie's Ramonda is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Resilience: Ramonda nathaliae, commonly known as Natal's Ramonda, often grows in rocky, challenging environments, symbolizing the ability to thrive despite hardships.
    • Survival: This plant can survive extreme desiccation, representing survival and the capacity to endure difficult conditions.
    • Remembrance: Due to its resemblance to the poppy and its association with Armistice Day, it can symbolize remembrance of those lost in war.
    • Regeneration: Natal's Ramonda has the ability to recover from drought stress, signifying regeneration and the potential for new growth after a period of stagnation.
    • Rarity: Since it is a rare species, it can represent uniqueness and the precious nature of scarce resources or qualities.

When soil is dry
500 - 2500 Lux
Every 3-4 years
Spring to summer
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    For Pyrenean Violet, the key is to maintain moist soil without letting it become waterlogged. Water the plant gently with room temperature water, and aim to keep the soil consistently moist but not soggy. During the growing season, water it approximately once a week using about 8-16 ounces of water, depending on the size of the pot and the humidity of your environment. Decrease watering in the winter to every other week, ensuring the top inch of soil dries out between watering sessions.

  • sunLight

    Pyrenean Violet thrives in partial shade and should be protected from direct sunlight. The best spot for this plant is one that mimics its natural habitat, such as an east-facing windowsill where it can receive moderate but indirect light. Avoid placing it in a south-facing window where the light is too intense, which can damage the foliage.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Pyrenean Violet prefers cooler temperatures and should be kept in an environment where the temperature ranges between 50°F and 75°F. It can survive minimum temperatures down to 40°F, but it is important to protect it from frost. The ideal conditions are a consistently cool temperature without drastic fluctuations.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning Pyrenean Violet is often not necessary but can be done to remove any dead or damaged leaves to maintain plant health and appearance. Light pruning can be performed any time of year as needed, with the best time being early spring before new growth begins. This will ensure the plant has a clean start for the growing season.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Pyrenean Violet thrives in well-draining soil with a pH around 5.5-6.5. A mix of loam, peat, and sand in equal parts is ideal for this plant, ensuring sufficient moisture retention and proper drainage.

  • plantRepotting

    Pyrenean Violet should be repotted infrequently, only when it outgrows its container, which is roughly every 2-3 years to prevent root crowding and to refresh the soil.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Pyrenean Violet requires high humidity levels, ideally around 75-80%, to mimic its natural habitat and to ensure healthy growth.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Keep in bright, indirect light and high humidity.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in dappled shade with moist soil.

    • Hardiness zone

      6-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Ramonda nathaliae, commonly known as Natalie’s ramonda, begins its life cycle when seeds disperse and germinate in rich, loose, and well-drained soil, typically in rock crevices. The seeds develop into small rosettes of leaves through juvenile growth. As it matures, Natalie’s ramonda forms a basal rosette of leaves that are evergreen, enabling photosynthesis throughout the year, even under snow. It then produces stalks with lavender to purple flowers, primarily in late spring, attracting pollinators for sexual reproduction. After pollination, ovules develop into seeds within a capsule, which eventually open to release the seeds, completing the cycle. During dry periods, the plant exhibits poikilohydry, a drought avoidance strategy, where it can dehydrate and appear dead, only to rehydrate and resume photosynthesis after rain.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to summer

    • The propagation of Ramonda nathaliae, commonly known as Natalie's Ramonda, is most effectively done through seed sowing. The best time for sowing seeds is in spring after the danger of frost has passed, or indoors before the last expected frost using a seed tray. Once the seeds are sown on a well-draining soil mix and lightly covered with soil, the tray should be placed in a location that receives bright, indirect light and maintains a consistent temperature near 70°F (approximately 21°C). To ensure the seeds do not dry out, the surface should be kept moist but not waterlogged. Germination of Natalie's Ramonda can be slow and may take several weeks, requiring patience from the grower. After the seedlings have developed a couple of true leaves, they can be gently transplanted into individual pots to continue their growth before eventually being moved to their permanent location outdoors.