Alpines P-R

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 $5.00 to $9.00 (…Exception Peony var…$15 to $25)

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. Paeonia mascula ssp. mascula – (aka The Male Peony) Dare we say “handsome”? Offers very thick glaucous leaves of green tinted with blue. Flowers are large (4″+) ranging from lite pink to dark rose, bowl shaped and prolific bloomer. Loves humus and moisture retentive soils and full sun. 36″
2. Paeonia japonica – (aka Japanese Peony) A woodland native from the islands of northern Japan. Here is a smallish var. with shiny glaucous dark green leaves. Single petaled, cream colored flowers are quite large 3″, wide cupped and fragrant. With age the yellow stamens show burgundy “lips”.     “18” x 18″
3. Paeonia lactiflora – Said to be the common garden or Chinese peony. Originated from Tibet and Siberian, Mongolian…N.W. China. Today, multiple var. are available having large (4-5″), single or petaled, fragrant, bowl shaped flowers, ranging from white to dark rose, with bright yellow stamens.    30 -36″
4. Paeonia lactiflora ‘Sarah Bernhardt’ – My Mom’s favorite peony. We have had this one for over 50 years. A taller 30-36″ robust var. with divided leaves and erect stems (great for cutting). Plants become loaded with fragrant open bowl shaped, double soft to dark pink toned flowers, having shorter ruffled inner petals.  36″   AV
5. Paeonia mlokosevitschii – (aka Golden Peony, aka Molly the Witch) Named after Joseph Mlokosevitsch. Orig. near Lagodechi, Caucasus. A superb, much sought after species. Bright yellow flowers are bowl-shaped and single petaled, with yellow stamens. Leathery-like large leaves are pale green beneath and green/purple/blue on top, with red margins.    20″    AV
6. Paeonia smouthii – An old fashioned garden peony, offering super cold hardy genetics. Registered 1845 by Van Houtte, considered a hybrid. Parentage: P. tenuifolia x P. lactiflora. This variety had been growing on my parents farm for over 100 years! (Peonies have been cultivated in China for over 4000 years!) Leaves look like a cross between the thick leafed types of today and a fern leafed version, deep green, moderately serrated, lobed in the 9 form. Our offerings are 4″ across, fragrant, large bowl shaped, single petaled, deep carmine red with deep gold stamens. Stems remain erect. Plants will fill up quickly and grow to 3 feet tall. Might need support.   24″  AV
7. Paeonia tenuifolia – (aka Fern Leafed Peony) From SE Europe to Russia. Deep green leaves, pale green beneath with many pointed linear (ferny) segments. Mid to late spring single cup-shaped deep carmine red flowers are produced, 3″ across with yellow stamens.  20″ – 28″
8. Paeonia veitehii –Introduced by “Chinese Wilson” from the Veitch Nursery in 1907. A small peony variety from Kansu in N.W. China in the Anomala group. Incised dark green leaves. Flowers are 3-4″ across, drooping, pale to deep magenta red.
9. Papaver radicatium – (aka Arctic Poppy) Obtained this one many years ago and it has stuck around ever since. Bi-annual. Hairy green/brown sepals emerge, later opening to bright yellow bowl shaped flowers. They start out stemless and eventually lengthen as they mature. Leaves are ovate, semi-serrated, soft and very hairy. Loves very dry, airy areas. Self seeds readily.   5″ x 4″    AV
10. Papaver somniferum ‘Czech White’ – has been used extensively (and for years) in European kitchens. An extremely useful “baking” poppy, as not only are the pods large and well filled, but the seeds are white! Leaves and stems are blue/green standing from 3 to 4 feet tall. Flowers are pure white doubles. Pods are close to 3″ long. Offered as Seed packets…$3.00
11. Penstemon albidus – Native from North Dakota’s dryish grasslands. A tallish beardtongue with lancelolate green leaves and 1″ long pristine white flowers. Flowers contain stripes of dark purple into the throat. A mauve var. can also be found.   16″ x 6″
12.Penstemon caespitosus – Known as the “Mat” Penstemon because of its super low profile, lovely slim emerald green leaves and blue/mauve trumpets.  2″ x 10″    AV
13. Penstemon caryi – (aka Cary’s Beardtongue) Native to the Bighorn and Pryor Mtns. Leaves are glabrous (free of hair/smooth), glaucous (blue/green) and  lanceolate/linear in appearance. Flower are large for the overall size of plant…with bright blue faces and mauve throats. Bees are necessary to pollinate this species.   6″ – 12″ x 3″
14. Penstemon cardwellii ‘Floyd McMullen’ – Native from N.A. Leaves are ovate, dusty green and serrated. Plants, over time, form low “woody” stemmed mounds, spreading from a central point. Flowers are more purplish than the original “P. cardwellii” pink flowered form. Long lived variety.  5″ x 9″
15. Penstemon crandalii – Another gorgeous little bright blue and mauve 2-toned beardtongue contrasting with linear emerald green leaves. All “puffed up” and no where to go!   3″ x 8″
16. Penstemon davidsonii ssp. menziesii – (aka Creeping Penstemon, aka Pride of the Mountain) Found hiding in rocky outcrops of the Oregon and Washington Mtns. A shrubby type with tight rosettes of ovate, gently serrated, bright green hairless thick leaves. Definite mat formers therefore “woody” stems are procumbent and when happy will root into the rocky medium below. Purple/pink toned flowers arrive en mass.  2″ x 8″
17. Penstemon fruiticosus v. serratus ‘Holly’ – An evergreen mat former of elongated emerald green serrated “holly” type leaves and procumbent stems. Flowers are produced prolifically in a pretty shade of dark pink with light pink/white throats. 4″ x 10″
18. Penstemon glabrescens – A smooth blue green leafed (hairless) leafed beardtongue with soft blue/white mauve flowers of astonishing beauty. 9″ x 9″
19. Penstemon hallii – (ala Hall’s Beardtongue) Elihu Hall coll. this beauty in 1862 in the Colorado Mtns. Favors the alpine tundra’s rocky and gravelly soils. Plants show a tight basal mass of glabrous, lanceolate/linear blue/green leaves and stems. Flowers are large, ranging from tones of pure blue/violet or with defined patches of blue and violet. 8″ x 5″   AV
20. Penstemon hirsutus var. ‘Pygmaeus’ – (aka Hairy Beardtongue) Native to eastern Canada and the US. Has never left us (now in its 16th year…) as we find small patches of it everywhere…trying to cross with anyone its gets its pollen on! Leaves can be large and small on the same plant, lanceolate, deep burgundy green with dark burgundy beneath. Stems are also burgundy. Several stems radiate from a central base. Perfect trumpets cluster terminally in soft purple mauve with white throats. Tolerates ALL soils! Self seeds generously. Various heights noted.  10″ x 8″   AV
21. Penstemon hirsutus var. ‘Pygmaeus’ alba’ – A carbon copy of the above in every respect, except that foliage and stems (having fine hairs) are emerald green radiating from a central base. Flowers are pristine white trumpets. DO NOT GROW this one with the above, as the stronger genetics of the above will eventually “cross” this one out!   8″ x 6″   AV
22. Penstemon laricifolius var. exilifolius – (aka Larchleafed Beardtongue) Native to a small area within Rocky Mtn. range. Dark green linear leafed and stem basal variety. Flowers are pure white, open faced trumpets with small violet markings within their throats. Prefers dryish growing mediums with lots of air movement.  8″ x 6″
23. Penstemon pinifolius ‘Mersea Yellow’ – (aka Yellow Pine Leafed Penstemon) Foliage is delicate, like soft emerald green pine needles, only longer. Forms a soft large soft evergreen mound over time. Flowers are slender bright yellow tubes and very prolific. Tolerates all types of dryish soils, even clay.   12′ x 12″
24. Penstemon pinifolius ‘Scarlet’ – (aka Scarlet Pine Leafed Penstemon) Almost as above, except flowers are deep scarlet and also modestly prolific. Mounds are evergreen and woody. 12″ x 12″
25. Penstemon procerus var. tolmiei alba – forms very dense, low, slowly expanding basel mats of clustered deep ovate green leaves and woody stems. From here emerge cream to white small tubular flower clusters on modestly tallish stems. Very long lived and hardy by us. 8″ x 12″    AV
26. Penstemon procerus var. tolmiei ‘Nisqually Cream’ – Forms very dense, low, slowly expanding mats via clustered deep slightly curving, lanceolate green leaves and woody stems. From here emerge cream to white tubular flower clusters on top of tallish stems. Long lived and very hardy. Prefers dryish, free draining gravelly soils. We believe this variety is slightly different from one listed above. 10″ x 12″
27. Penstemon rupicola ‘Pink Holly’ – Forms a low, slightly open shrublet of woody stems and grey/green ovate, serrated leaves. Tubular hot pink flowers are generous when conditions are favorable.  4″ x 10″
28. Penstemon subglaber – (aka Great Basin Beardtongue, aka Smooth Penstemon) native. Has been used as a land restoration and beautification species. Forms small bunches of strong thick stems bearing clusters of dark blue flowers. Leaves are fleshy, blue/green, glaborous and lanceolate. Very tolerant of drought, cold, soils with free drainage, full sun and semi-shade. 14″ x 6″
29. Penstemon hybrid ? cross – here is a hybrid potential from a cross between P. cardwelli ‘Floyd McMullen and P. rupicola ‘Pink Holly’. Will see later this year what our seedlings look like and then wait patiently for flowers to emerge. Anything is possible, but an sure they will be interesting! Check back later for some exciting results.     4″ x 8″   AV
30. Penstemon species #1 – #172…7 plants are in our inventory here. We need to see what they do before we can properly identify them next spring. Like opening a Christmas present in spring!
31. Penstemon species #2 – #192…5 plants in our inventory here. Once again, we need to wait till next spring before knowing if these are in fact proper (existing and known) varieties and what will they show us.
32. Penstemon whippleans – From various areas following the Rocky Mtn. range. Another species offering a diverse range of colors from white, light blue, dark blue, wine…all the way to purple black. Known for its pendulous, distinct plump flower form and hairy corollas (inner throats). Flowers bloom later in summer to fall. Stems emerge from a central base. Leaves are lanceolate and grey green. Likes meadow to mountainous, wooded slopes and generally moister soils than other penstemons.  Plants can range from 1 foot to 3 feet tall.  
33. Petrophytum caespitosum – (aka Mat Rock Spiraea) From the Big Horn. A classic alpine dense mat evergreen grower (tiny rosettes of dark green ovate leaves) offering slim creamy/white “bottle brush like” flowers of 2 to 3″ long, in late summer to fall. Very well behaved. 3″ x 12″   AV
34. Petrophytum hendersonii – (aka Rock Spiraea) Native to N. A. Another half shrub evergreen of dense dark green rosettes offering elongated pom pom like creamy/white flowers that appear late summer to fall. Has been known to eventually creep over large areas of rock, over time.   3″ x 16″
35. Phacelia sericea – (aka Silky Phacelia, aka Purple Fringe) Native to western N. A. Dark Purple/blue filigree flowers grow in dense clusters on the top of stout stems. Leaves and stems, blue/grey green. Oak style leaves are deeply lobed and covered with silky wooly hairs. Larger versions found growing around the plant’s base. Prefers rocky outcrops in open places. Can be found on almost every mtn. range in the world. Biennial. Self seeds gently.   8″ x 5″
36. Phacelia sericea var. ciliosa – (aka Blue Alpine Phacelia) From N.A. Identical in all ways except flowers are a pale mauve. Some say this var. is longer lived and tolerant of exeric conditions. Biennial. Self seeds gently.   9″ x 5″
37. Phacelia hastata – (aka Silverleaf Phacelia) Rare purple (& white) form from central Colorado Mtns. Stems are more procumbent, ending in chubby deep purple “pussy tails” flowers with prominent stamens. Leaves are unique: dusty grey/blue green, felted, elongated, having lines (ribbed) running down the length of the leaf.   5″ x 10″
38. Phlox subulata ‘Candystripes’ – The oldest variety and still around. Flowers are the largest with dark pink and white stripes. Leaves are pine needle like, green and quite prickly. Mounds up very loose. Will spread to cover a larger rock garden space.    6″ x 24″    AV
39. Phlox subulata ‘Emerald Pink’ – Another “oldie” of our collection. Subtle variations can be found in one area…the result of silly bee antics! As above in form, only difference…offering a very pleasant shade of bright rose flowers. Long lived. Seeds out gently.  6″ x 24″    AV
40. Phlox subulata ‘Herbert’ – another very re-fined miniature form of small dark emerald green leaves and corresponding flowers. This time we have chosen the color deep lavender. A low mat former.  3″ x 10″    AV
41. Phlox subulata ‘Nettleton Variegated’ – Leaves are more ovate (full) than other varieties. Also does not form a tight mound, but prefers to just creep slowly. Deep lavender/rose toned flowers contrast perfectly with white and green variegated foliage.  5-6″ x 8″
42. Phlox subulata ‘Redfield’ – A very re-fined form of a large family of Phlox. Very well behaved. Soft and slow mound former. Evergreen. Flowers are dusty red/rose.  3″ x 10″     AV
43. Phlox subulata ‘Snow Queen’ – Has been a part of our “family” for over 15 years. Gently spreads and now is approximately 24″ across. Pristine “ghostly” white flowers en mass in late spring. 4″ x 24″   
44. Platycodon grandiflorus ‘Fugi White’ – Upright clump former. Tolerant of many garden soils and extreme weather conditions. Carrot-like slim roots live quite deep, making these plants the last to arrive in spring, when all weather drama has passed. Flowers form first a large pure white balloon which then “bursts” to a wide open flower. One of the last to flower. Leaves and stems are thick and green.    14″ x 8″ (Pending)
45. Platycodon grandiflorus Pink – Another fine and unusual color in this tough family. Flowers form first large balloons of clear soft pink which then “burst” open to a wide open flower. One of the last to come up and will tolerate almost all weather and growing conditions. 12″ x 8″   (Pending)
46. Platycodon grandiflorus ‘Pumilus’ – Exactly as above. Flowers are a pleasant clear blue and larger in comparison to the plant. Plants are shorter in stature.  12″ x 12″   AV
47. Picea (wild forms) – few available in one gallon pots.  16″ x 10″    
48. Polemonium amberaersii – This is the name I received it under ’04 and now I can’t find any references for it. Totally vanished! However… name is quite appropriate as it indicates an “amber” yellow/green trumpet with some bronze reverse. Regular green foliage is ferny and loosely dissected. A miniature Jacob’s ladder that likes free draining soils and will seed around.  9″ x 5″   
49. Polemonium elegans – from the Cascade Mtns. Gorgeously dissected, hairy green leaves in a rosette. Flowers are a class act of light blue with fine lines and bright yellow throat, set off by pure white stamens.  5″ x 4″
50. Polemonium pulcherrimum – From Montana. Nice green leaves are heavily compounded and slightly larger than some others. Wide faced trumpet like flowers are once again soft clear blue with yellow green throats, born in small clusters. Mine form loose mounds of fair size over several years. Will seed out gently. 5″ x 10″    AV
51. Polemonium viscosum – From Big Horn Mtns, WY….in limestone screes in the alpine zone. Known as the “Sky pilot”. Compact tufts of hairy, finely dissected grey/green foliage in tight rosette form. Flowers of piercing blue, are borne on short stems in loose clusters of shallow funnel-shapes. Clammy to the touch…skunky? Long bloomer. This species is quite demanding, perfect drainage with minimum root disturbances. Lots of wind and sun!   5″ x 6″
52. Polygala chamaebuxus ‘alba’- (aka Shrubby Milkwort, aka Creeping Milkwort) From central Europe to Italy. Procumbent evergreen shrub, forming low creeping clumps over time. Ovate leaves are thick, waxy and deep green. Flowers have white “wings” with a yellow keel. Likes gritty, well drained soils. Tough!  4″ x 12″   
53. Polygala chamaebuxus grandiflora – Here is the identical variety, except flowers have deep rose “wings” with a yellow keel. Once again, an shrubby evergreen, that creeps larger when happy.   4″ x 12″
54. Polygonatum hookeri – Wee “Solomen Seal” from the Himalayas! A stemless, lanceolate emerald green cluster of leaves, from which emerges a tiny bud, eventually opening to an over-sized, open faced large lavender pink flower. Multiplies slowly in free draining, moist compost in a partly shady area. A Gem for the trough.  2″ x 1″
55. Polygonatum humile – (aka Dwarf Solomon Seal) Native to eastern Europe and western Asia. A miniature in a family of giants! Short stems, with bright grey green lined ovate leaves, on which form pendulous white/green elongated bells. A creeping choice woodlander, forming eventually a large mat. Very well behaved by us.  8″ x 12″   AV
56. Polygonatum hirtum – (aka Glossy Solomon Seal) Said to be a native of “Eurasia”. Leaves are very broad, long, lined and glossy, on small arching stems. Flowers are also white/green nodding elongated bells. Slightly more aggressive than above species and will form large mats. Ideal var. for a lean forest. 10″ x 12″
57. Potentilla megalantha – (aka Woolly Cinquefoil, aka P. fragiformis) Native to Alaska and Japan to Asia. Large soft felted (hairy) palmate dark green leaves. Yellow flowers (borne in small clusters) are also large. on 4″ stems. Would benefit from trimming after blooming, to keep it in prime form. 5″ x 9″  
58. Potentilla porphyrantha – A endemic crevice inhabitant, native to Transcaucasia. Said to be found in a few pockets, in only a few areas AND in very low numbers. Few fertile seeds offered. An endangered species! Felted, silvery edged ovate lobed leaves. Flowers are 2 tone, deep rose fading to pale pink at their outer most tips. Longish procumbent stems held in a tight rosette. 3″ x 5″ AV
59. Potentilla speciosa – Native to Turkey, Iraq, Syria and the Balkan Peninsula. Neat clump former. White to grey (silvery) ovate, serrated leaves are borne on very short silvery stems. Over time, longish stems emerge producing cymes of small grey/green flowers. Tolerant of most soils providing they are free draining. Will not seed around as most flowers are not fertile.  4″ x 5″
60. Potentilla tridentata ‘Nuuk’ – Now known as ( Sibbaldiopsis tridentata ‘Nuuk’, aka Arctic ‘Nuuk’, aka 3 Toothed Cinquefoil) Now recognized as the only species within this family. Wild native from the norther hemisphere, Arctic and Greenland (and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia) Named for the capital city of Greenland. A low mat of shiny evergreen dark green compound leaves. Early spring produces pristine white “strawberry like” flowers. Absolute cold “chills” the small leaves to a pretty bronze. Needs free draining soils and open areas.  2″ x 10″ AV
61. Potentilla villosa – (aka Hairy Cinquefoil, aka Northern Cinquefoil, aka Villous Cinquefoil, aka Alpine Cinquefoil) Whew! Native to north western areas of N. A. Tight rosettes of nice green leaves bearing woolly, silky undersides and edges and tomentose covered stems. Flowers are bright buttercup yellow with some orange spotting in their base, borne in clusters.   2″ x 6″
61. Primula auricula mix – The originals of these were found roaming Mtn. ranges of central Europe. An evergreen hybrid mixed variety, forming a basal rosette of large thick light green ovate serrated leaves. Flowers offered in clusters of solid colors with yellow throats. Judging by what I have dealt them…super tough! Require a moist, semi-shaded, humus rich site for their “retirement” years. 9″ x 6″    AV
62. Primula cortusoides – From the Altai and Ural Mtn., forests of Japan. Said to be a “woodlander” of acidic soils, yet ours have thrived in just regular heavy clay with some sand/gravel amendments and partial shade. Forms basal rosettes of soft light green, heart shaped, serrated, quilted leaves (some have a “hairy” appearance…) from which long stems arise offering clusters of lavender ?upright flowers. Will seed out.    12″ x 6″    AV
63. Primula veris (yellow) – (aka Common English Cowslip/Primrose) Native to most of Europe, Asia and southern parts of Scotland. Semi-evergreen variety forming a tight basal rosette of large broad oblong/ovate quilted soft light green leaves. Plants offer umbels of semi-pendulous and pendulous rich yellow, fragrant tubular flowers. Found mostly on open rich ground with good moisture. Has been found to wilt in long periods of drought, which may set it back or cause it to go to sleep prematurely. Good fall rains will draw it out again.   10″ x 10″    AV
64. Primula veris (scarlet) – Exactly as above, except flowers are a deep scarlet red. Sometimes these (2) have been known to cross and then one sees variations of all colors in between, from yellow to orange to red.   10″ x 10″
65. Ptilotrichum spinosum rosea – from Spain and Sierra Nevada. A finely branched “woodie” of intricate stiff silvery stems and linear indented leaves forming prickly wiry shrublets over time. Flowers arrive en mass, in short dense corymbose clusters.   6″ x 8″
66. Pulsatilla bungeana – Native to the Altai and Alashan Mtns. Russia. Leaves are deeply divided, basal foliage. Flowers are known to be a pleasant blue (some are wine/violet) single petaled and very hairy. Blooms later than most others. Plants flourish in alpine grasslands, open areas with sand and gravel for drainage required.   9″ x 10″
67. Pulsatilla patens – (aka Prairie Crocus, aka Pasque Flower) Native to a huge part of N. A. and floral emblem of Manitoba. New growth emerges white, hairy and shaggy. Showy pale soft blue flowers, turning almost white with age, bloom before leaves arrive. The earliest crocus to arrive with some snow still on the ground. Taproot is thick, woody and long. Resents transplanting. Found on sandy hillsides and high meadows of open prairie. Color variations from light blue/white to black have been found across N. A.   8″ x 8″
68. Pulsatilla vulgaris ‘Rote Glock’ – (aka Pulsatilla vulgaris Rubra) The “vulgaris” family offers many different, yet equally wonderful colors within their mist. One of the most dramatic is the deep red flowers of this variation. Leaves are linear, heavily divided, and hairy, as are other plant parts. Only transplant while young. 9″ x 6″   AV

69. Pulsatilla vulgaris – Various purple forms available…
70. Ramonda myconi – Hardy member of the African violet family, orig. from Spain and central Pyrenees. Forms dense rosettes of heart shaped, crinkly, hairy, crenate, dusty dark green leaves. An evergreen. Flowers are indeed, violet like, out facing blue, with yellow centers, borne on single stems or in small clusters. Long lasting blooms. A crevice or dry wall dweller in some shade. Try to not have water sitting inside the rosette, yet maintain some moisture. Needs rich humus soils   4″ x 5″
71. Ramonda myconi alba – Exactly as above, only with pure white African violet flowers contrasted with yellow centers. 4″ x 5″
72. Ramonda nathaliae alba – Orig. from the eastern portions of Serbia and Macedonia. Another late spring/early summer pure white blooming variety with orange yellow “eyes”. Those who know say this form is smaller and neater than other R. myconi varieties. For now, I can’t say.
73. Ranunculus alpestris – (aka Alpine Buttercup) Native to the moist grasslands of European mountain ranges. A beautiful dwarf buttercup with fleshy, shiny, deep green, orbicular leaves with indented margins. Flowers are large in comparison, pure white, open faced with yellow centers. Forms small tubers, returning each year.   2″ x 4″
74. Ranunculus glaberrimus – (aka Sagebrush Buttercup) Native to central and west side of N. A. Basal leaves are spoon shaped, shiny and fleshy while secondary leaves are ovate and largely 3 lobed at their tips. Small loose mats are formed, where stems of single yellow buttercup flowers dot the area. Tolerant to a variety of conditions and areas.   3″ x 6″
75. Ranunculus montanus ‘Molten Gold’ – (aka ‘Molten Gold’ Mountain Buttercup) Native to Europe. Over-sized golden yellow shallow cup-shaped flowers top low mounds of trifoliate serrated glossy green leaves. Small plants prefer slightly moist growing conditions. Well behaved.  3″ x 4″   
76. Rhodiola rosea – (aka Sedum Rosea) Found in Arctic regions of Europe, N. A., eastern Siberia and northern Asia. Another cold hardy specimen, mound former with a “woody” base. This time, “toes” become thick stems with whorls of fleshy ovate, smooth edged blue/green leaves. At these terminal ends, emerge tight clusters of red tinged flower buds, encased in more leaves. These buds then burst forth with a cluster of red backed yellow stars. This plant remains upright. Entire plant will turn deep scarlet red with onset of serious cold.  12″ x 7″   AV
77. Rhodiola rosea ssp. arctica – An unusual specimen where spring brings on a mass of small “green baby toes” from a woody base. As plant develops, mounds increase in diameter. Each “toe” then becomes an elongated thick stem with whorls of fleshy, crenate blue/green leaves. At terminal ends, emerge tight clusters of green flower buds, encased in more leaves. These buds then burst forth with tons of green/yellow starry flowers. As the plant ages, the stems become “tired” from the weight and “lie down”. 9″ x 14″
78. Rhodiola rosea ssp. intergrifolia – (aka King’s Crown) From the Rocky Mtns., mainly Colorado. Forms multi-stemmed woody based mounds, where each fleshy stem is topped with a flattened deep rose/red star cluster. Grows in slightly moist alpine meadows. Will stay upright through its growing season. Entire plant will turn scarlet red with the onset of serious cold.   12″ x 7″
79. Rosa oxyacantha – From Russia Altai in rough scree grown. Very compact decorative rose @ 40cm. Dense fine spinose stems. White/pink large flowers. Long narrow red hips.
80. Rosa spinosissima ‘Altai’ – From Russia Altai. A shrub rose type, greater than 100cm. Stems are loaded with fine spines. Flowers are magnificent…large and clear white single petaled. Very fragrant, drives bumble bees crazy! Stems, once mature, will arch 4 ft. under the weight of the flowers, like a cascading fountain! (Pending)
81. Roscoea alpina – From the alpine grasslands and hillsides of the Himalayas (India, Nepal and China) Genus named after William Roscoe. Looks for all the world like a short stalk of sweet corn! Sooooo…it won’t winter here? Not the case some say. Roots are fleshy, dormant in winter. Flowers (arriving in late Sept.) are pink, orchid like in appearance, blooming in timed succession, lasting no more than 1 to 2 days. Likes retentive compost. Needs shade on the hottest days. Rare    8″ x 2″
82. Rosularia chrysantha – From Turkey, Balkans. Light grey green rosettes with fine white hairs. Forms small mounds when conditions are right. Perfect for north facing limestone crevices. Xeric plant.   2″ x 10″    AV
83. Rosularia platyphylla – From Turkey. Smooth skinned light green chubby rosettes, edged with rose tones (when cold). Another for dryish areas. Forms small clustered mounds when happy.   2″ x 10″   
84. Rosularia sedoides – From the Himalayas. Small hummock of pale green, very hairy tiny rosettes. Pretty “strawberry-like pink to red runners” between rosettes, give these a unique disorganized appeal. Pretty flowers are white with a greenish tinge. Loves all types of well drained conditions, from part sun to full sun.  1″ x 6″    AV
85. Rumex sanguinseus – (aka Blood wort, aka Bloody Dock, aka Ornamental Sorrel, Red Veined Sorrel, aka R. sanguineus var sanguineus, aka Wood Dock ) Over time forms a tightly packed “bouquet” of elongated, wide lance shaped, deep green leaves, bearing burgundy red heavy veins. Likes free draining, yet moisture retentive soils. Soils must not be allowed to dry out! Full sun. Easy. Might perform as an annual or may linger around for several years. Sometimes the onset of blooms (and seeds) will cause it to disappear.   10″ x 10″    
86. Ruschia pulvinaris – (aka Shrubby Ice Plant, aka Congested Ice Plant) A cold hardy succulent from South Africa. Compact, low growing, dense mass of angled blue/green fleshy linear “leaves”. Flowers are hot pink “daisies”. An Ice Plant relative. Slow growing creeper that can over time spread to several feet. Prefers full sun, a deep sandy gravelly lean site.   4″ x 10″