Sunday, 13 July 2014

Habranthus tubispathus texensis

Habranthus tubispathus texensis
A pretty and resilient species with simple Amaryllis style flowers at intervals through the summer, golden yellow inside, red out. They have thrived and seeded about in the tunnel for the last five years, unprotected from the cold and subject to my somewhat sporadic watering. I've not tried them outside yet.
These came to me as seed from a seed exchange labelled Zephyranthes atamasco which they clearly weren't. I've only this year found out what they really are. Aka H.texanus.
1L pots ~ £5




Carduus defloratus

Carduus defloratus defloratus
A choice and not very spiky thistle from the mountains of southern Europe. Relatively large and rich pink heads develop on 12-18in branching stems in summer over simple basal rosettes.
Carduus defloratus defloratus
Not at all weedy. For well drained soils in sun. I have two subspecies here, differing mainly in the shape of the basal leaves:- ssp. defloratus has somewhat broader leaves than ssp. argemone.
1L pots ~ £5