Alpines A – C

Prices for plants will vary, depending if a plant self-seeds gently or much human intervention is necessary, such as stem cutting, root cutting, a lengthy germination process or just a very slow grower OR very hard to find…rare! Occasionally a very rare plant will be offered and it will be priced according to our ability to propagate it. Prices will range from $4.00 to $9.00.

Presently, we are re-planting, re-working and recording our complete inventory. Please bear with us as we progress through this huge challenge. ….Mandy Botincan

1. Acantholium armenum – Very dense strong spiny grey-green cushions. Plants will reach 6″ x 10″ wide, having long lives. Flowers are papery and pink.
2. Achillea tomentosa ‘aurea’- (aka Golden Wooly Yarrow) One of the lowest (1/2″) yarrows we know. Leaves are soft, grey/green and ferny. Flowers borne on tall 10″ stems. Tolerates shade and moisture. Gentle creeper.  AV
3. Adenophora triphylla – Native of Siberia, China and Japan. Charming dainty 12″ tall plants. Flowers are pendulous blue, bell shaped and flared, in whorls around the stem. 4″ x 7″
4. Adenophora verticillata alphylla – not really sure about this one, whether tall herb or choice garden variety. Will continue to monitor.
5. Adenophora takedae v. howozana – From Japan. A late blooming campanula cousin of violet/blue pendulous bells with narrow , serrated leaves. Dainty. 7″ x 10″  AV
6. Aethionema ibiridem – Another crucifer with round tiny blue/green leaves, “stuffed” together tightly. Baby pink flowers crown the tiny mounds. Self seeds “quite” generously. (No sleeping allowed here)   AV
7. Aethionema subulatum – (aka Persian Candytuft) A loose looking crucifer of tiny blue/green slim lvs. and baby pink flowers, where longer stems like to “rest”. Self seeds gently with “eyes” watching.    AV
8. Ajuga ‘Black Scallop’ –One of shortest 4″ forms of this family, next to “Metallica Crispa“. Leaves are very dark purple/green, but not too rippled. Flowers are intense tiny spikes of royal blue. Behaves well, never overbearing.
9. Ajuga ‘Tri-color’ – another fav. of mine. Very short 2″, with 4 tones of color: purple, green, pink and cream. Flowers are contrasting with a very pleasant deep blue. Keep well drained, as hates wet feet. None aggressive compared to cousins.  AV
10. Alchemilla erythropoda – (aka Mini Lady’s Mantle) From Europe. Small form of this family reaching only 4″ x10″. Leaves are geranium like, soft dusty green and gently pleated. Flrs. are greenish cream and of minor value.    AV
11. Allium flavum – (aka Little Yellow Onion) Lvs. are narrow straps of blue/green. In summer producing loose umbels 1.5″ yellow flr. heads that hang down with prominent stamens as they develop. 4″ x 10″      AV
12. Allium moly – (aka Golden Garlic) Lanceolate wider leaves of blue/green, produced in pairs. In summer offers dense umbels of 30+ star shaped golden yellow flrs. Hardy. Not aggressive and naturalizes well. 6″ x 10″     AV
13. Allium sikkemensis – Just love this wee onion! Grassy foliage, only 4″ to 5″tall. Wee flowers are semi-pendulous, clustered and deep azure blue. Orig. from western China and Tibet.     AV
14. Allium senescens ‘Blue Eddy’ – (aka Curly Chives) Another small onion where flat lvs. are gently twisted. Pale pink large flowers arrive late in fall. Small bulb does not multiply quickly. Choice.     AV
15. Allium tuberosum – (aka Garlic Onion) Used as a salad crop for centuries in China and Japan. All parts (even flrs.) considered edible. Leaves are dark green and flat. A late fall bloomer with nice white star, round spheres. Fragrant! Reaches 18″ x 12″ in our gardens. Seeds out gently.    AV
16. Alyssum propinguum – A silvery/green shrub-let mat evergreen of stems and leaves. Blooms early with yellow flowers, covering entire mat. 2 1/2″ x 10 – 15″ across. Seeds out gently.
17. Alyssum pulvinaire – A Bulgarian native which hugs the ground as tight as any ever could. Has grey/green spatulate foliage.  Offering loose yellow flowers in mid spring. 2″ x 12″ Another seeder.
18. Alyssum saxatile compacta – (aka Aurinia saxatile compacta) Leaves are much larger, lanceolate and silvery grey green. Golden yellow flowers cluster on top of 12″ x 12″ large mounds. Well behaved. Mounds may loosen up later in life. Hair cut?
19. Anacyclus pyrethrum var. depressus – (aka Mount Atlas Daisy) Native from Morocco. Foliage is dark grey/green ferny with procumbent stems. A mat former. Flrs. are large white daisies that show burgundy on their reverse when day is cloudy or very early or very late. 2″ x 8″     AV
20. Androsace carnea ssp. brigantiaca ‘alba’ – tiny cushions of dark grn. slender serrated, pointy lvs. Stems start out short then extend as they age to offer white faced flrs. will seed out gently. May behave as a bi-annual or short lived perennial. 2″ x 2″     AV
21. Androsace sarmentosa – very low growing mat former, spread by short red stemmed stolons, ending with rosettes of dense wooly lanceolate leaves. Each rosette then offers up a dark carmine pink flower on 2-3″ stem. 2″ x 16″  AV
22. Androsace sempervivoides – another mat former with short red stolons, ending with rosettes, much like a “hens and chick” form. Flowers are also pink on upright stems, offered from the center of each rosette.
23. Androsace tepete – Rosettes so tight, forming a large dense wooly dark green cushion over time. Flowers will be stemless and white.
24. Anemone sylvestris – (aka Common “Snowdrop”) Emerald green palmate like leaves with heavy serration forming a 5″ tall mound, above which tremble large open faced white single petaled anemone flowers. Rizomatis and will form in other places.     AV
25. Anemonelle thalictroides – (aka Thalictrum “Anemonella thalictroides) Fairy like thin dark stems offer soft pink single flowers over heavily serrated columbine-like foliage of medium green. Forms small tubers that slowly multiply. Very hardy for one so frail in appearance.     AV
26. Antennaria dioica ‘nyewoods’ – Here is a “pussy-toe” variety that is long lived and super hardy. Makes dense silver and green carpets of less than 1″ with soft pink flrs to match.     AV
27. Antennaria rosea ssp. pulvinata – native to the mountains of west N.A. Spathulate smaller grey tomentose lvs. over which stand tall stems of cream to rose pom pom flrs.  AV
28. Antennaria sp. ‘Beartooth coll.’ – the best (tiniest) mat former of all with tight silver/grey/green leaf clusters and white flowers.    AV
29. Anthemis aizoon – (aka Achillea ageratifolia ssp. aizoon, aka Achilla serbica) From Greece. A gently serrated silvery white magnificent var. coupled with pristine white large daisy flowers. Fully hardy here for years. 8″ x 10″ when in bloom.    AV
30. Anthemis cretica – another silver/green var. (from Turkey) with super fine ferny leaves, a tighter cushion form. and a mass covering of white daisy flowers.  4″ x 6″
32. Anthemis marschalliana – A close cousin of the above with filigree dark green “powdered white” leaves covered with large golden yellow flowers. 8″ x 10″
33. Aquilegia chaplinei – (aka Aquilegia chrysantha) another pure yellow (with a touch of bronze reverse) species columbine, but with long spurs. Very delicate with airy triternate lvs. 14″ x 7″    AV
34. Aquilegia discolor – Orig. from Spain. Deep pure blue and white flrs. Has low tufts of finely cut lvs. Limestone tolerant. Fine in full sun  or semi-shade. 5″ x 3″     AV
35. Aquilegia flavescens – a miniature columbine, offering the pure golden yellow pendulous flowers in a tighter form. 12″ x 6″     AV
36. Aquilegia jonesii – From our very own Hunt and Big Horn Mtns. Wee tufts of thick blue/grn. lvs. support outstandingly over-sized large deep blue flrs. Demands sun, wind, and faultless drainage. Classic tufa material. Grows on desolate limestone screes at high elevations. 2″ x 2″
37. Aquilegia saximontana – (aka Mountain Columbine) Gem from the Rocky Mtns. Dwarf has short spurs with nodding clear blue and white petals above glaucous lvs. 4″ x 3″      AV
38. Aquilegia species – A favorite of my friend Jackie. Very short dainty plant of 6″ with pale brown/burgundy and antique yellow flowers. Self-seeds gently.
39. Arabis ferdinandi-coburgi ‘variegata’ – A choice var., flat “rock creeping” mat of variegated white and emerald green leafed rosettes. Flowers are pristine white and airy on 5″ stems. 5″ x 10″     AV
40. Arctostaphylos uva-vrsi – True woodland creeping native of our pine forests. Leaves are very ovate, thick and leathery. Flowers arrive in soft pink, ending in dark red berries. 3″ x 12″
41. Arenaria montana – (aka Mountain Sandwort) Very low mounds of light emerald green, slim lvs. bearing masses of large white open faced flrs. in spring or summer.     AV
42. Arisaema flavum – Lime green spathe with yellow and lite green spadix. Medium green leaves make me think of a peony, wide and generous.
43. Arisaema sikokianum – a choice, attractive and most reliable aroid! Purple/brown spathe (cloak) with contrasting white spadix (throat and tongue) Leaves bear patterns. Loves consistent moist compost woods and some shade. 20″ x 8″
44. Arisaema triphyllum – (aka Jack-in-the-Pulpit) A native of our N. A. woods. Black and green striped spathe, short white spadix with large trifoliate lvs. Has seeded out a lot my me in less than ideal conditions. Orange fleshed berries in fall that squirrels devour if I’m not watching! Sometimes they leave me the inside seeds! 20″ x 5″     AV
45. Argemone bolyanthemos – (aka Prickly Poppy) Native of N. A. “Airy” silver/blue stems, leaves, seed pods AND lethal prickles and spines, even on the seed pods! Flowers are papery white. Grows everywhere by me. Annual 24″ x 20″      AV
46. Artemisia fridiga – Native from Colorado. A tallish plant of silver finely cut foliage and insignificant flowers. 20″ x 16″
47. Aruncus aethusifolius – (aka Dwarf Korean Goats Beard) Orig. from Korea and Japan. A delicate astilbe with dark olive green, fine cut compound pinnate foliage that will turn deep red in the fall. Plume like flowers are creamy white in early summer. Likes a shady rock/woodland garden with rich compost soils and moisture.  8″ x 8″    AV
49. Asarina procumbens compacta – An annual (or bi-annual) variety that is supposed to only tolerate Zone 6. For some reason hangs around and shows itself almost anywhere…never being a problem. A fuzzy soft green foliaged snapdragon with pale yellow chubby flowers!
50. Asarum canadense – (aka Canadian Wild Ginger) Native has dusty soft green heart-shaped lvs. Flrs (smell?) remain hidden, are brownish/red in color when open. Will grow anywhere…sun or shade! 5″ x 10″      AV
51. Asarum europaeum – (aka European Wild Ginger) Smaller round lvs are polished emerald deep green, thick and leathery. Inconspicuous brown flrs. Loves moist shady woods. Choice   3″ x 7″
52. Asperula boissieri – from Parnassus Mtn. in Greece. Blue/grey mounds are dense, congested small fine needle -like leaves. Flrs are soft tiny pink tubes. Choice and long lived.  1″ x 10″
53. Asperula nitida – Hard dark emerald green prostate mat of fine leaves. Flrs are darker pink long tube clusters. Make sure growing area has optimum drainage and air movement, as parts can rot. 1″ x 12″
54. Asperula gussonii – From Sicily. Forms a low hard green dome with long stemless tubular pink flrs. Leaves appear tufted and hairy.
55. Asphodeline taurica – Should and could be found only in a desert. Long thin blue/grey thick needle like leaves that cascade like a fountain from a central thick stem. Tons of tall white flower spikes erupt from it center. Loves wind, lots of heat and a dry gravelly bed. 20″ x 10″
56. Astilbe simplicifolia – tiny woodlander in need of rich moist humus soil. Leaves are fine and ferny with pink plumes like flowers. 5″ x 6″     AV
57. Astilbe simplicifolis ‘Willy Bachanan” – woodlander with sharply serrated leaves that turn reddish in the cold. Flower plumes are soft pink and generous. 5″ x 6″
58. Aubrieta alba sp. –    AV
59. Aubrieta pinardii ssp. pinardii – This little rock cress var. seeds out gently right by our sidewalk…offering the nicest soft blue flowers in this family that I have seen. Leaves are “holly-shaped” soft dull grey/green. Forms loose mounds. 3″ x 6″     AV
60. Bergenia cordifolia – Actually a “leather leafed” sax. Roundish thick leaves dark green that have some amount of red coloration on a stout base. Stems are red, especially in cool conditions. Flowers are clustered and a nice pink. Super long living. 24″ x 30″     AV
61. Blumenbachia hieronymi – Originally named incorrectly! I acquired this unusual creature many years ago and it has decided NEVER to leave! I never bother it and it never bothers me! A striking plant of crisp, heavily serrated, light green leaves and stems, covered in a mist of tiny glochids! BEWARE! They do sting! Produces large white “helicopter like” attractive flowers of bright white with red/orange centers. Seed heads offered are large, round, very light, segmented and twisted balls. I have yet to find a seed within BUT small plants always show up somewhere. I guess I don’t know what I am looking for! Annual or biennial. 10″ x 6″
62. Bolax gelbaria nana – Grew this on heavy clay AND it thrived! Move it to better soil and almost lost it! Forms a super hard, flattened glossy mound with dense shiny, heavily serrated leathery leaves. Flowers (when happy) are tiny balls of lime green. Withstands all weather conditions in heavy soils and open spaces. Hates transplanting!  1/2″ x 12″
63. Buxus microphyllus (dwarf) – Evergreen columnar shaped dwarf boxwood. Slow growing only 1/2″ a year. Leaves are ovate and light apple green. May reach 16″ over many years.  16″ x 7″
64. Calandrina umbellata – From South America! Here is another wee alpine annual that manages to stay around by seeding out sufficiently each year. Tiny flesh lanceolate jade green leaves crowned with super hot pink open flowers. 4″ x 3″  AV
65. Calceolaria hirsuta – (aka Slipper or Pouch Flower) South American native that I have managed to push the Zoning out the door on! Can’t keep it as a perennial, but will self seed and produce plants/flowers and seeds to keep the action going, within our summer! Bright yellow “pouch-like” flrs. on fleshy soft prickly stems. Light green leaves and stems. Lazy prostrate habit. Ranges from 5″ to 10″ tall x 4″ wide, depending on soil nutrition.   AV
66. Callianthemum anemonoides – native from limestone areas of Austrian Alps in open coniferous forest. Glaucouous cut lvs, forming a rosette early, then opening up to flower. Large pink (or white) foriferous flrs. when happy. Needs full sun and lots of drainage. 3″ x 4″
67. Calluna vulgaris ‘Firefly’ – what a Red Hot low growing Heather! Tiny overlapping leathery leaves. Short flower racemes are upright in small 4-petaled purple/rose. Red/brown foliage in summer turns red/orange into fall and winter. Drought tolerant. Butterflies and bees love it. Needs excellent drainage and moisture. Tolerates acid, loam, sand and clay soils.
68. Caltha leptosepala – (aka Mountain Marsh Marigold) From southern Yukon and Manitoba locals. Has thick, waxy oblong to heart-shaped coarsely toothed leaves. Flowers are large white and saucer shaped in early spring. Loves wet open spots. Varies from 5″ to 12″ tall.
69. Campanula chamissonis – Bell with bright green lvs that form a mound slowly. Flrs are light to med. blue with fine white hair on their edges. Choice. 3″ x 4″  AV
70. Campanula finitima – (aka Campanula betulifolia) Species from Turkey. Gorgeous mound of dark green leaves and burgundy stems. Covered by pristine long white bells (with no flaring), semi-upright, semi-pendulous that open from reddish buds.  5″ x 8″
71. Campanula incurva – An unreal plant from Greece! Stems are procumbent (growing along the ground) about 12″-18″ long. Huge pale dusty soft blue up facing bells (with flared out edges) on bright green lvs. and stems. An eye-stopper! Will behave mono-carpic, but self-seeds around for plenty of babies later.  5″ x 18″
72. Campanula pulloides – Out turned charming large deep royal blue bells that seem to blow in the wind, barely above the surface. Reduced foliage that appears deep dark green. 3″ x 7″
73. Caragana pygmaea – Tiny bristly shrublet (mini pea tree) that has barely grown to 7″ in the last 5 years. Needs full sun and good drainage, as hates wet feet. Yellow flrs and tiny ovate leaves.  12″ x 3″
74. Carlina corymbosa – (aka Weather Thistle) Native to Europe and Asia. A thistle var. that forms low tight bristly rosettes, green with some silvery fuzz when young. Later a flowering stem protrudes up to about 8″ with an usual pale/beige/yellow bracts that open only in hot dry sunny weather and closes in the evening or rainy days! Looks pre-historic! Self-seeds gently.   9″ x 6″
75. Cerastium tomentosum ‘Lantana’ –Wooly grey/white/green low tight mats will glisten and sparkle in the early morning, as if alive! Then come the huge white flowers loaded on top! Next come the seed pods! If you trim them off while they are still green, you can keep this one in control. Charming cousin of our silver tongued “Chick Weed”. 3″ x 9″    AV
76. Chaenorrhinum gloreosum – Tiny snapdragon from Spain and Sierra Nevada. Blue/purple flrs (with yellow lips) on chubby rounded dark green foliage (burgundy reverse) blooms for long time. Closely related to toadflax, but never invasive.  2″ x 8″
77. Chaenorrhinum origanifolium – From the Mediterranean. Foliage is deep dark green (almost purple) on short 5″ stems. Blossoms are dark blue (like squashed cute penstemon flrs) Will form large mats if happy and self seeds readily. long bloomer.  5″ x 10″          AV
78. Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Tsukoma’ – (aka False Japanese Cypress) Condensed multi-stemmed evergreen conifer with short stems. Leaves – string like, deep green and fine textured. Compact flat topped slow growing shrub.  24″ x 24″
79. Chiastophyllum oppositifolium – (aka Golden Chains) Try saying this name real fast! Truth be told, its name is bigger than the plant. From the Caucasus. Leaves are thick, ovate, serrated and light green. Flowers are yellow, in racemes (dangling chains) on tallish stems that curve down from the weight. Requires moist, well-draining spot. Roots to be kept cool.  6″ x 8″    AV
80. Chrysanthemum weyrichii – From Hokkaido, Japan. Low clump former with dusty green serrated lvs. Large mauve flowers arrive in late summer/fall. Slow grower. Likes almost anywhere there is lots of sun or semi-shade. 5″ x 14″    AV
81. Clausia aprica – Odd member of the Brassica and Erysimum families. Dark green lanceolate leaves on creeping 6″ stems (ground hugger) offering up large sweet scented mauve flower clusters. Needs to be monitored, as it can “creep” into areas that you may not want it. Will not overtake or disrespect…only take off!  AV
82. Clematis alpina blue sp. – Creeper from mountain forests and meadows. Vines will only grow from 5 to 6 ft. Stems are deep burgundy. Will root into the ground if allowed to roam. Flowers are pendulous and soft dusty blue. Not aggressive. 8″ x 6 ft.     AV
83. Clematis douglasii – (aka Clematis hirsutissima ssp. hirsutissima) From Big Horn Mtns. This species has large soft purple/blue nodding bells trimmed with white. Plants are small and 16″ tall. Leaves are blue/green and dissected, not very hairy after they mature, but appear so when first forming. Seed heads very interesting.     AV
84. Clematis hirsutissima – Another from our own Rocky Mtns. Tufted bluish green foliage on 20″ stems. (Some support nec.) 4 petaled flrs. are said to be pendulous ? purple/red. (Time for me to bend my head!) Very hardy by us.    AV
85. Clematis integrefolia – A 30″ tall (needing some support) non climbing var. with pendulous blue 4 petaled long bells. Plants are herbacaeous (not evergreen) Other colors such as pink and white are also grown. Seed heads interesting.
86. Clematis species – A wild form collected on route to Flin Flon in 2008. Stems were only 4-6 feet long. Flowers appeared not present, but I believe them to be yellow. Found along the road way, growing in gravel in fairly tight mounds. Sooo grow lean!
87. Clementsia rhodantha – (aka Sedum rhodantha, Queen’s Crown) From Colorado. Comes up like a multitude of miniature red baby toes! Base is very long lived and woody. Each “toe” will eventually grow upwards, expanding as it proceeds to form soft green stems, affixed with a crown of dark rose red buds that burst forth with rose stars. Grows slowly.  12″ x 10″
88. Coluteocarpus vesicarius – from S. W. Turkey. Extraordinary crucifer! Small leaves are very serrated (sharply toothed) and dark green. Mounds slowly. Rosettes offer large clusters of pure white fragrant flrs. in early May. What follows are large inflated balloon seed heads! Tolerates a wide range of growing conditions. Long lived.  7″ x 5″
89. Convolvulus suendermanii – Gorgeous compact (morning glory) from southern Spain. Rosettes of silky silver leaves forming very low tight cushions that spread gently once happy. Flowers are stemless white with a hint of pink as they age. Choice for scree or trough.  1″ x 10″
90. Consolida species – Originally obtained from my parents and grandparents garden. The old-fashioned annual larkspur of years ago. Have, through help (of Irene Wrightman) obtained and maintained all 4 colors of purple, blue, pink and white. Available as seed only in packets. $2.00
91. Coronilla minima – Semi-prostrate mound of semi-woody stems bearing roundish silvery/blue/green pinnate lvs. Tons of yellow pea-like flowers. 6″ x 8″   AV
92. Cortusa matthioli – From Turkestan. Member of the primrose family. Flowers are pendulous deep rose/violet bells. Leaves are geranium shaped and dusty green. Likes rich leaf mold soil and shaded areas.  12″ x 6″    AV
93. Corydalis lutea – (aka Golden corydalis) Neat rosettes of glaucous pinnate blue foliage, over which short stalks of golden tubular spurred flrs. appear. Can be “weedy” when overly happy in dry parts of the garden.
94. Corydalis solida rosea – From Europe. From bulbous roots arise finely cut pinnate blue/grey lvs. followed by heads of plum/pink flowers. Foliage quickly disappears until next spring, while flrs. flourish.      6″ x 6″
95. Cotoneaster microphyllus – From Tibet, collected by Josef Jurasek. A super dwarf semi-prostrate cotoneaster of shiny deep green oval leaves. White blooms appear in late spring, followed by deep red berries in fall. 6″ x 18″
96. Cyclamen coum – (aka Persian Violet) Seen from Bulgaria to Israel. A heart shaped, dark green leathery leafed gem (with lighter designs) offering cheerful chubby pendulous (petal reverted) flowers from light pink to dark rose. Hardy in this family and has been with us for years. Sows out gently with wee corms. Mine thrive on north sides of tufa rocks in full sun. Some corms can become so large that dozens of flowers will bloom at the same time. Evergreen  6″ x 10″    AV
97. Cyclamen purpurascens – native from Carpathians, Yugoslavia and France.. Another hardy var. offering from light pink to carmine red flowers. Flowers here are longer with taller stems. Leaves might also be larger, but with similar patterns of light and dark. Thrives in moist woodland and shaded areas. Evergreen    6″ x 10″    AV
98. Cymbalaria aequitriloba – (aka Kellingworth Ivy) Carpet of “semi-maple leaf” like small bright med. green leaves. Purple/pink 2-toned snap-dragon like flowers are hiding within. Blooms all summer long if moisture levels good.  4″ x 20″  AV
99. Cymbalaria aequitriloba ‘alba’ – Same as above, only leaves are bright emerald green and snap-dragon flowers are pure white en mass. Tight mound former.  4″ x 8″    AV