Monday, 2 April 2018

Kniphofia brachystachya

Kniphofia brachystachya
A small species – only about 50cm tall, producing dense spikes of honey yellow/orange flowers from dark buds and which turn black when spent. Very striking.
Kniphofia brachystachya
Came through the recent cold spells in their pots in the open without trouble
£8



Digitalis obscura

Digitalis obscura
A very distinct small, almost shrubby species from Spain with 8-10in spikes of brownish orange glossy flowers over narrow evergreen leaves.
Digitalis obscura
Quite charming and generally hardy in the southern portion of the UK, especially in drier areas but worthy of a special place in a sunny raised bed or container.
£6




Alstroemeria isabellana

Bomarea boliviensis or Alstroemeria isabellana
There seems to be some confusion about the name of this. Some seem to think it’s really Bomarea boliviensis. The seeds of mine are definitely like Alstroemeria anyway – without the orange coat of Bomarea seeds. Either way it’s a terrific herbaceous perennial – not climbing, making upright to arching glaucous leafy shoots, and umbels of unusually coloured tubular flowers.
Bomarea boliviensis or Alstroemeria isabellana
Like many in this family, the deep roots mean that it is surprisingly hardy as long as well-drained.
£10