Tuesday, 12 July 2022

Phymosia umbellata black

Phymosia umbellata
A wonderful Mexican mallow – very like an Abutilon, with handsome grey green palmate leaves and surprisingly large black, rounded flowers in summer. I’m tempted to call this form ‘Aubergine’ because that’s exactly what the flowers look like. Normally the species has bright red flowers but this seems to be the form most commonly grown in the UK.
Phymosia umbellata
The whole plant is intriguingly textured and tactile – especially the buds. Hardy enough to survive in my unheated tunnel without any damage, but not tested in the garden yet. In containers it gets through a lot of water so probably better in the ground. 
£18

Zephyranthes atamasca Rosy

Zephyranthes atamasca pink form
A wonderfully elegant and hardy species from the south-eastern states of the USA. These are seedlings of a relatively large and often pink-tinted form from Kevin Hughes, with shapely white flowers up to 3ins across on 8in stems. 
Zephyranthes atamasca pink form
In the wild the species occurs in open grassy places and in woodland in semi shade, often seasonally flooded. In the garden they are adaptable but very susceptible to slug attack.
£10