Sunday, 25 September 2011

Ranunculus malessanus

Ranunculus sp. Cazorla
A miniature species from Southern Spain with glossy dark green palmate leaves - tinted black when young, red stems, and substantial fresh yellow flowers. It has tuberous Ficaria-type roots but without any invasive tendencies.
Ranunculus sp Cazorla
It appears in spring, flowers, and disappears again, and is therefore ideal for combining with other small Mediterranean bulbous and tuberous plants. An extremely neat and satisfying little buttercup for troughs and raised beds.
10cm pots ~ £6

Lonicera hispidula

Lonicera hispidula
The Californian Pink Honeysuckle - ideal for drier, sunnier or shady conditions, where a lot of the more familiar types tend to get mildew. The pink flowers are produced sporadically through the summer and into autumn. The foliage is rounded and somewhat fuzzy and, in the population from which these seeds were collected (thanks Dennis), marked with irregular maroon-black blotches, especially when young.
Desmodium elegans album and Lonicera hispidula

Some individuals have completely blackened foliage which I find rather striking, but I understand that not everyone will agree. Please let me know if you'd prefer a specimen with more or less black leaves.
3L pots ~ £12