Saturday, 14 May 2011

Asclepias exaltata & verticillata


Asclepias is another group of plants I have a major thing for. None except A.incarnata and perhaps the more tender A.tuberosa and curassavica are at all well known in the UK but all have a certain something about them. Certainly they don't look like anything else in the garden.
Asclepias exaltata
The flowers of A.exaltata are not vividly showy but are exquisitely crafted in jade and ivory and dangle elegantly on long filaments from the tips of the 2ft stems.

Very much a part of the prairie/woodland edge communities in the eastern US - these are completely frost hardy and easy to please on any fertile retentive soil in sun or part shade.
1L pots ~ £7




Asclepias verticillata
Asclepias verticillata
A very different species with extremely fine grassy leaves on upright stems. Rosy white flowers in summer. A very light fresh effect. Completely hardy to 2ft tall, on any ordinary soil in sun.
1L pots ~ £7




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