Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Solanum umbelliferum incanum

Solanum umbelliferum incanum
A very pretty Californian species combining good sized lavender flowers all summer, and greyish stems and foliage on a low spreading subshrub. Not at all coarse or weedy.
Solanum umbelliferum incanum
This is untried in the UK to my knowledge but is rated as z7 in the USA. Full sun and excellent drainage will probably be the crucial things
£8



Saxifraga aff. hirsuta

Saxifraga hirsuta
Not totally sure about the identity of this plant. It closely resembles the Irish endemic S.hirsuta, which is very like the familiar London Pride types but with matt green, somewhat fuzzy foliage and sprays of small white flowers. What is unusual in this form, and which I don’t see mentioned in any references to hirsuta is the wine-red undersides to the leaves which are a subtle but distinct enhancement.
Saxifraga hirsuta
As easy to grow as its relatives and especially nice in dry shade.
£6