Monday, 21 June 2010

Salix myrtilloides Pink Tassels

Salix myrtilloides Pink Tassels, originally uploaded by peganum.
There seems to be some confusion about whether this is a form of myrtilloides or myrsinites. Either way it's a remarkable little alpine willow with shimmering mauve pink catkins in spring and periodically through the summer.
Forms a low, gnarly shrublet as many dwarf willows do, probably covering a sizeable area eventually, but not to the extent of smothering other things. I'd recommend growing it with other robust alpines like dwarf geraniums, Dryas or thymes and with small bulbs coming up through it. So far very adaptable and not bothered by drought but probably better on a moist gritty 'alpine' sort of soil, in a raised bed or rock garden.
1L pots ~ £8

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