Alpines I – O

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. Iberis saxatilis – A dark green mounded slow growing candytuft that loves cascading over rocks. Fragrant white flower clusters in spring totally cover.  6″ x 8″
2. Iberis sempervirens pygmae – From the Mediterranean. A low growing evergreen of leathery dark green shiny foliage. Densely branched clump covered with intricate white flrs in spring.  4″ x 6″   AV
3. Incarvillea mairei – from China Da Xue Shan Yunnan. A hardy gloxinia for cold country dry grassland. Rhizomatous plants and lobed lvs, with a large terminal leaflet guarding a prominent brite rose/red trumpet like flowers. May need protection.
4. Inula acaulis – (aka Inula rhizocephala) From Turkey, Bolkar Dag. Forms a prostrate large rosette of soft hairy dusty green lanceolate  leaves. From its center springs forth a large closed bud that soon opens to a large stemless yellow daisy. Once finished blooming, in its place is a mass of fine seeds, much like pulsatillas.  2″ x 8″
5. Inula ensifolia – (aka Sword Leaf Inula) Narrow, slightly hairy, sage green lance like leaves dress tallish stems, on which develop clusters of golden yellow flr heads. Plants will expand slowly thro thick rhizomatous roots, unless in very lean soils.  10″ x 10″  AV
6. Ipomopsis aggregata – Native to high prairies, foothills, woodlands and semi-deserts of Colorado. Elegant scarlet trumpets, beloved by hummingbirds. Delicate looking stalks that bloom, then pass on, hopefully leaving plenty of seed.  30″ x 10″
7. Ipomopsis globularis – Native to the Mosquito Ranges Park CO. Change one word and now we have flowers…soft, very hairy, large ball clusters of lavender to white, with turquoise stamens, situated on clumps of little rubbery, needle-like leaves and stems! Sweet heliotrope fragrance. A tundra grower.   6″ x 2″
8. Iris babadaghica – Miniature with 2 tone blue/purple coloration, lighter on top with darker falls. 5″ approx.
9. Iris hookeri – (aka Hooker’s Blue Flag) Found along the Atlantic coastline, in areas exposed to salt spray, showing great tolerance. Miniature of blue/purple striping with finer white stripes on its petals. Falls are darker with less striping. Leaves slimmer than some other species. Compact and clump forming. Shown to be a distinct shorter species from ‘I. setosa var. Canadensis’. 8″ x 10″
10. Iris lutescens campbellii – Miniature of 2 tone blue/mauve coloration, with deep purple veining in its falls and a white bread into its throat. Plants bear slim blue/green leaves. 10″
11. Iris pumila v. aequiloba – Miniature of strange form and color combinations. Its pale yellow standards (top) are standing at attention! Overall flower base color is creamy yellow, while the center 2/3 of the falls are bronze, as well as the spathe beneath. Its beard is white. 8″- 10″
12. Iris pumila alba – Miniature of perfection! Leaves are blue/green, contrasting perfectly with pristine white flowers, top and bottom!   8″
13. Iris pumila ‘French Wine’ – One of the darkest we offer in a species so small. Flowers are deep violet/purple/black over blue/green leaves. Falls have darker striping within the petal.  8″ x 9″   AV
14. Iris reichenbachii (dwarf) – native from Serbia, Macedonia and NE Greece. Over-sized large flowers compared to its blue/green leaves. This family consists of var. purple, red/violet, var. yellow and occ. white flowered forms with corresponding darker falls. “Pint sized” in this wonderful and diverse family.  4″ x 6″   AV
15. Iris setosa arctica v. nana – (aka Iris setosa ssp. canadaensis) Another miniature “clump former”, as opposed to creeping rhizomes. Flowers are slightly darker purple/blue overall with darker purple /blue falls and veining. Leaves are blue/green and slender. Has seeded out occ. in our garden. 12″ x 8″   AV
16. Iris suaveolens ssp. rubromarginata – From the Balkans. Very well known as being the “brown” berry of its family. Unique feature is its over-sized standards, which are soft violet brown. The falls are small in comparison.  Small leaves are recurved (spanning sideways…)  4″ x 6″    AV
17. Iris taurica – From the Caucasus. Another miniature offering 3 different colorations in this small family: violet with burgundy falls, royal blue with purple falls and yellow with blackish/bronze falls. 4″ x 5″
18. Iris timofejewii – Very  frail looking, slender “recurved” blue/green foliage offered with either deep violet or pale yellow flowers. No problem growing in very dry areas, as will anchor down well with long healthy rhizomatis roots.
19. Iris (all others) – here we will eventually list species or unusual varieties that we might be able to spare. Presently inventory shows a tallish “unnamed” soft yellow/green Iris of 18″. Others miniatures are ‘Coal Bucket’, ‘Jade Maid’, ‘Alpine Lake’, ‘Egret Snow’, ‘Orange Dazzler’, ‘Tiny Cherub’ and ‘Sunshine’.    AV
20. Ixiolirion tataricum – (aka Mountain Lily, aka Lily of the Altai, aka Sky Blue Mountain Lily, aka Tartar Lily) Indigenous to Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Russia and Turkmenistan. Pretty, wispy, airy blue green very slender stems and grassy leaves on which stand some of the prettiest deep blue/mauve open faced, slim lily like flowers. Has self seeded by us for many years. Doesn’t mind dryish conditions, actually prefers it. 12 – 16″ x 3″
21. Juncus ensifolius ‘Flying Hedgehogs’ – Can’t tell you how much we like this real odd grass variety. Tight clump former. Marginal pond plant! “Blooms” weird clusters of burgundy prickles on top of mature stems. Very tough…as has withstood our abuse for years. Super hardy.  12″ x 12″
22. Leontopodium alpinum – (aka Edelweiss) The national flora emblem of Germany. Comes up later in spring than other varieties, so don’t be hasty. Total plant is covered with silvery “wool”, from stems, leaves, flower buds and eventually strange white/grey flowers.  10″ x 5″
23. Lesquerella alpina var. alpina – (aka Alpine Bladderpod) Native of the Big Horn Mtns. Can’t get enough silver covered plants in our collection and this is one of the best wee mounds. Flowers are soft yellow and 4-petalled. 4″ x 4″
24. Leucanthemum superbum  – (aka Shasta Daisy) Super hardy var. of many gardens if one wants a true splash of long lived white daisy flowers. Will seed out gently.  16″ x 14″
25. Leucanthemum superbum ‘Snow Lady’ – a refined version of the above var. Plants are shorter and fuller.   10″ x 10″
26. Lewisia redivia – (aka Bitterroot) State flower of Montana. Succulent ground hugging plant. Stemless large over-sized flowers in many colors of white, pink, rose, purple, pale orange and every shade in between. Green, tinged burgundy foliage is small in comparison…shiny and soft leathery. Fleshy taproot was a nutritious food of native Indians. Grows well on gravelly to heavy dry soils. 2″ x 3″
27. Lewisia tweedyi – Another bitterroot, bearing larger, ovate, leathery and  shiny leaves in a rosette form at its base, holding a bouquet of gorgeous wide eyed large pastel flowers on numerous stems. Have seen in white, pink, orange, deep rose to almost red colors. 6″ x 6″
28. Lewisia rupicola – Could easily be mistaken for a Semp. or even a Talinium. Fleshy grey green rosettes offering up very frail stems of deep rose pink papery look  flowers. 8″ x 3″
29. Lilium martagon – A choice, reliable member of the lily family. Unusual in that its leaves are set in whorls at exact distances on each stem. Flowers are always pendulous in various shades. Outstanding assets: fragrance! Bulbs should be replanted in the early spring, as fall planting may cause the plant to balk and not show its face for a whole year!    AV
30. Lilium monadelphum – Native from eastern Turkey to the Caucasus Mtns. in Russia. Rich green lance leaves. Sunshine yellow flowers are wide open trumpet shaped and very fragrant. Some red spots noted. Stigmas are deep red/orange and base of flowers have some orange brown tinting. Definitely hardy by us, since offering drainage and compost rich soils.    24″ x 6″
31. Lilium pumilum – (aka Coral Lily, aka Lilium tenuifolium) Bulbous native to Mongolia, eastern Siberia, Korea and northern China. Wiry stems and deep green linear leaves. Multiple flowers (up to 20 poss.) in nodding Turk’s Cap form, appear in late spring, having sealing wax texture and deep scarlet red color. Needs full sun, well drained soil and grit. Experts say not long lived in domestic cultivation (3 to 4 years!) however I have had ours for over 15 years, altho does not multiply readily. Am told that allowing it to set seed will shorten its life. No wonder! 24″ x 3″  AV
32. Lilium sp.’Henryi’ – (aka Henry’s Lily) Native lily of central China. Indestructible species. “Stem rooting” variety. Leaves like Asiatic. Flowers (July to August) are golden orange with “whiskers” beneath. Turk’s cap semi-pendulous type. Some say no fragrance, some say lightly fragrant. Some maroon spots observed. Tolerates my alkaline soils, but prefers rich organic loams in partial shade.  4 – 6 ft.
33. Limonium latifolium – (aka Sea Lavender, aka Latifolia Statice) Starts out with a rosette of large lanceolate dark dusty green leaves from the longest tap root I have ever seen! Once mature, a huge cloud of fine branches (like baby’s breathe) bursts forth with tiny mauve/purple flowers on board. Can be cut and dried at this point. Very long lived and drought tolerant.    30″ x 30″
34. Limonium tataricum –(aka Goniolimon tataricum, aka German Statice) Flat topped sprays of white “cloud like” flowers stand tall over stiff short stems, produced from a rosette of lanceolate leathery large dark dusty green/burgundy leaves. Very long lived and drought tolerant. Some sprays of flowers can be harvested at prime time to be dried. 12″ x 16″
35. Linaria alpina – Dainty dragon like flowers on very fine blue/green feathery leaves. A biennial. Will re-sow when or if conditions are right. Flowers come in various colors and combinations, but primarily purple, rose or yellow. Most times yellow/burgundy will prevail. Likes full sun, scree and direct sowing.    4″ x 4″    AV
36. Linum punctatum ssp. pycnophyllum – A cute flax with prostate short to medium long stems, covered with thin narrow leaves. Very large, open flowers appear at the ends, in clear blue. 2″ x 8″
37. Lithodora oleifolia – Native to south western Europe, southern Greece, Turkey and Algeria. A low growing evergreen of thick shiny ovate leaves and stems, producing trumpet like flrs that start out pink then change to deep blue. Hardest of the genus. 6″ x 5″
38. Loasa nana – (does anyone have seed to offer…love this one!)
39. Lupinus ‘Russell hyb.’ – A collection of stately perennials. Many colors offered.   AV
40. Lychnis alpina – (aka Arctic Champion, aka Alpine Catchfly) Looks nothing like other members of its family. Plant has tufts of slim blue/green leaves near its base, from which emerge several stiff stems, ending in large tight clusters of pink/rose “lychnis type” flowers. Will seed out gently.    6″ x 4″  AV
41. Lychnis alpina ‘Flos-cuculi nana’ – (aka Ragged Robin Champion, aka Silene flos cuculi) Large single pink flowers are jagged and deeply cleft on long blue/green stems. A white version of the same form is also known.    12″ x 8″
42. Lysimachia japonica var. minutissima – From Japan. A tiny creeping jenny. Flat carpet of creeping stems with tiny light green leaves, studded with countless small lemon yellow star like flowers. Tolerates full sun and partial shade.  1″ x 10″   AV
43. Mammillaria vivipara – (aka Escobaria vivipara, aka Pincushion cacti) Native to Manitoba. Found in open prairies and sandy soils. Cacti of globular, cushion like form, low to the ground. Usually found as a single ball or with offspring cushions (babies) completely surrounding it. Has brownish green spines of 1/8″ – 1/2″. Bright rose/ mauve flowers (from 1 to 4) will erupt from its center when happy. 2″ x 3″   AV
44. Mertensia alpina – (aka Alpine Bluebells) From Rock Mountains. Showy intense blue dense flower clusters on glossy thick lanceolate leaves and prostate stems. Loves full sun, wind and humsy moist soils.   5″ x 8″
45. Mertensia asiatica – (aka Asian Bluebells, aka M. simplicissima) From Japan and Korea. Large rosettes of wiry glaucous ovate blue foliaged procumbent stems. In late spring cymes of tubular turquoise blue flowers appear on terminal ends. Low fertility and a sharp drained site is ideal.
46. Minuartia laricifolia – From Mtns. of Europe to Carpathians. Loose emerald green soft mats of fine needle like foliage offering white star-shaped flrs in open racemes. Very floriferous. 4″ x 7″  AV
47. Mint ‘Hilary’s Sweet Lemon’ – Dark green heart shaped var. offering mauve/violet spikes. Fragrance is like Spearmint with lemon overtones. Grows to 18″ tall.
48. Mint ‘Menthe des Champs’ – (aka Banana Mint) Medium green ovate/lanceolate shaped leaves with mauve flower spikes. Fragrance has a strong banana like odor.
49. Moltkia petraea – From Mtns. of Albania to central Yugoslavia, Croatia Biokovo. A member of the borage family. Summer blooming subshrub that mounds up nicely. Flowers are pendulous, in dense terminal cymes. Leaves are slim, long and med. green.   8″ x 10″
50. Muscari armeniacum – Native to southeastern Europe including Armenia. A bulbous var. that multiplies quickly. Emerald evergreen leaves are grassy and long. Later short spikes emerge looking much like an elongated “grape cluster”, in deep royal blue. easy and long lasting. Tolerates clay, drought and even Black walnut roots.   6″ x 12″    AV
51. Muscari armeniacum alba – As above , only in pure white. However less prolific.   AV
52. Onosma stellata – (aka Golden Drop) Native to Yugoslavia. Elongated ‘hairy’ dusty green leaves and stems offer bright yellow pendulous tube-like bottle flowers in terminal cymes mid-summer.   8″ x 14″
53. Onosma tauricola – (aka Onosma rigida) Native to Europe and western Asia. Also found in the foothills of Bulgarian Mtns. A large very silvery/hairy, sprawling plant offering elongated tubular pale cream to yellow flowers in terminal cymes.   8″ x 14″  AV
54. Opuntia fragilis – (aka Brittle Prickly Pear Cactus) Found in Manitoba. Smaller egg-shaped elongated pads with 1/4″- 1/2″ spines. In lean soils, random pads found in sandy soils. If grown in rich soils, will form low dense clusters of prickly-ness! Have not to this day seen its flowers, but am told they are yellow.  2″ x 10″    AV
55. Opuntia humifusa ‘compressa’ – (aka Prickly Pear Cactus) Medium sized (3-4″) flattish green pads form dense colonies of defensive prickles! Flowers are a nice yellow, smaller in relation to pads. The usually smaller white/cream spines of 1/2″ noted.   AV
56. Opuntia humifusa ‘Lemon Spreader’ – Moderate to large sized pads with tiny clusters of red spines, as opposed to long white spines. Far more dangerous (speaking from experience!) Seems quite hardy by us, once it found a lower moister spot! And…endured -45C this winter 2013-2014! Double clear yellow flowers that age to orange. 10″ x ?    AV
57. Opuntia phaeacanthe – (aka Brown Spined Prickly Pear, aka Tulip Prickly Pear) Pads are wonderfully large at 6″, with grand 1 1/2″ spines to match! Flowers are papery looking, double petaled, light yellow. Dusty rose colored fruits. Spines promise to be long and brownish.   10″ x ?
58. Opuntia polyacantha – (aka Plains Prickly Pear Cactus) Found in many parts of Canada’s south. Totally hardy, withstanding -40C. Large 6″ green pads forming large colonies. Large semi-double deep yellow flowers, aging to orange or red within the flower base. Prolific bloomer where we have them situated against a south facing wall. Spikes…1 1/2″ long.   10″ x ?   AV
59. Opuntia polyacantha ‘Crystal Tide’ – Forms very large ovate 6″ pads with long 1 1/2″ spines affixed. Large semi-double flowers appear to be light yellow/greenish when freshly opened. Will develop large colonies when happy. Provide lots of free draining medium, as well as windy conditions.   10″ x ?
60. Origanum ‘Kent Beauty’ – Gorgeous specimen for a micro-climatized part of the garden or better just to take it indoors for the winter. Bracts are slightly shorter in form than var. listed below. However super eye candy with warm pink/blue/green cascading stems over heart shaped leaves of blue/green. Flrs. are sterile. Makes a loose mound in a few years.   6″ x 9″
61. Origanum x suendermanii – Said to be “dev. by Fritz Sundermann decades ago at his alpine nursery in Lindau, Bavaria”. Vivid soft pink/rose/green/blue toned bracts on top of blue/green heart shaped foliage in a loose mound. Stems seem to cascade with their own weight. Flrs. are sterile. May not be hardy in Manitoba, as reports have indicated, but we will see. (NB: It is common knowledge that is not the cold that kills, but either a wet warm winter or excess moisture around the root system in times of slow to no growth, in general.)   8″ x 10″
62. Origanum vulgare ‘Aureum’ – (aka Golden Oregano) Has been said that it isn’t aromatic enough to merit a place in herb gardens but I can’t resist it in our alpine garden as it offers much contrast against other dark green foliaged individuals. Leaves are tiny ovate/heart shaped (and golden yellow) forming a tidy robust mound. Known as a creeper. Flowers are rose/violet, showing when happy. Not sure where it likes it the best, but feel it might like moisture more than most and tons of sun.  5″ x 8″    AV
63. Ornithogalum nanum – Had this one growing in 2 small pots under my oak trees for years and finally set it free. Bulbs are tinier than expected. Forms a rosette of grassy linear green leaves, from which emerge stemless pristine white star like flowers with green midribs. One of the first to bloom. Flowers will disappear soon after, but foliage remains to “mark” the spot!   2″ x 4″   AV
64. Orostachys aggregata – A wonderful succulent mat of bright emerald green shiny  rosettes. Full sun or a fine chill will turn the tips a mild orange. Will develop “runners” (baby rosettes) when happy. Will work (almost) anywhere one puts it. 3″ x 8″    AV
65. Orostachys boehmeri ‘Keiko’ – Opalescent “evergreen” rosettes. Will shoot off “baby” rosettes when happy where it has been placed. Wee spikes show late in fall if just introduced to a colder zone. As it acclimatizes, flowers may arrive sooner each year.  6″ x 8″  AV
66. Orostachys chanetii – From all the varieties we carry, this one displays the nicest silvery grey of all. Blooms very late in October with spirals of mint green, white and pink.  5″ x 5″   AV
67. Orostachy erubescens – peculiar brilliant bronze rosette with long elliptical lvs., contrasting with button-like centers. In Oct. large tall flower stalks emerge from center striking and grotesque.  6″ x 4″   AV
68. Orostachys ‘Jade Mountain’ – From all in this family, have found this one to be the lightest in color and very frail looking. Rosettes are quite large and whitish green in color. “Pale flowers” showed “up” as wee pale spikes in October. Hope it makes the winter here!  3″ x 6″    AV
69. Orostachy spinosa – (aka Umbilicus spinose) the gem of the tribe. Outer lvs. similar to a semp., pointy, yet with a distinctive set of crowded inner lvs. (like a sunflower face)! Real neat! Center later in the summer, extends up with green/grey flowers.  8″ x 4″    AV