GardenWeek Virtual Visits April 11, 2000

Editor's Journal: Stonecrop

In the Alpine House the Drabas are in full bloom along with an equally golden inter-genus hybrid from the Scrophulariaceae family, a most diminutive shrub, an elegant Lewisia and an equally elegant Haberlea, a trio of very blue flowers, and a very tawny Primula. And in the Conservatory we find a shockingly tropical colored Cuphea, a really dark Pelargonium, yet another yellow Clivia, and the Choysia blooms on. Continue.

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The Draba Collection in the Alpine House is in full bloom--shown here, a large D. longisiliqua.
The Draba Collection
Verbascum 'Golden Wings'
A hybrid of two species of the nearly 300 of the Verbscum genus--V. acaulis x V. spinosum, the cultivar name is most appropriate.. iMembers of the Scrophulariaceae family.
A diminutive evergreen shrub and member of the Ericaceae family which grows no larger then eight inches and has tiny bell-like white flowers and scale-like leaves.
Cassiope 'Muirhead'
Lewisia sp.
A member of the Portulaceae family with elegantly crinkled pink and white flowers and distinctively contrasting yellow anthers.
Also known as the Shamrock Pea, this plant with bi-colored leaves is native to the Himalayas and East Africa and is the only species of this genus. Its name derives from "para" meaning near and "ochetus" meaning brookčits preferred location.
Parochetus communis
Corydalis flexuosa 'China Blue'
A member of the Papaveraceae family from western China blooming in the Alpine House--and I think we will see this cultivar and more blooming in the Cliff Garden later in the season.
An evergreen perennial with leaves in rosettes and sprays of elegant bell-shaped flowers purple on the outside and white on the inside with golden throats. Related to Ramonda and a member of the Gesneriaceae family from the Balkans.
Haberlea rhodopensis
Primula auricula 'Tawny Owl'
A memorable and aptly named cultivar with a ring of white between the pale copper colored petals and the yellow throat. The genus is native to the European Alps.
A member of the Lythraceae family, this festive Cuphea native to Mexico has magenta stamens which protrude from magenta tubes the bottom fifth of which are yellow.
Cuphea cyanaea
Pelargonium sp.
A Pelargonium with particularly large dark burgundy colored flowers.
Yet another rare yellow Clivia from the Stonecrop collection--they are all from different sources and are all slightly different tones of yellow.
Yellow Clivia
Choisya ternata
The Mexican Orange Blossom seen on April 4 continues to be a star in the Conservatory.
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