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Echeveria 'Ghostbuster'

An exceptionally pale blue new hybrid from the USA, vigorously forming clusters of plump rosettes. Sun and well drained compost with water in summer and a dry winter. Easy outside in summer and overwintered on a windowsill or glasshouse.

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Echeveria secunda large form

Splendid glaucous rosettes to 30cm diameter if offsets are removed, otherwise a mass of smaller ones, though still large for the species. Orange and yellow flowers in summer. Fairly hardy, if planted vertically in a wall etc, but best kept dry inside until you've bulked up enough to experiment. Sun and excellent drainage.

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Erythrina crista-galli

Erythrina crista-galli

Spectacular when in flower, indeed enough to bowl you over from 100 paces. Huge long heads of very big, intense crimson, waxy pea flowers borne in summer from coral buds, all atop prickly herbaceous stems with impressive trifoliolate leaves. Naturally a small tree in its native Brazil, but in this country cut back to a stump each winter. Warm wall and winter mulch please.

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Euphorbia stygiana

Euphorbia stygiana

The true Azorean species with impressive rosettes of thick, leathery, rich green foliage at the ends of low, serpentine, green stems. Yellowy-brown clusters of slightly honey-scented flowers are seen in May/June. A few specialist nurseries sell the hybrid E. x pasteurii as this species, though they aren't that similar. Hardier than E. mellifera. Best in sun.

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Euphorbia x pasteurii 'John Phillips'

Euphorbia x pasteurii 'John Phillips'

A new, robust clone of this marvellous hybrid spurge, received from and named after a fine and generous plantsman from Wiltshire who was probably the first to grow it in the UK. Some E. x pasteurii can look very like E. mellifera: this does not, with big broad foliage and a very vigorous constitution. Honey scented flowers. Very tough but safest in a sheltered spot.

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Euphorbia x pasteurii 'Phrampton Phatty'

Euphorbia x pasteurii 'Phrampton Phatty'

A clone growing here in my garden, which has turned out to be quite distinct. It has formed a wide spreading, dense, evergreen dome, wider than high, covering the ground efficiently. E. mellifera gives it the dense uniform head of superb foliage and the other parent E. stygiana gives the broad spreading habit. Expect height about 1.5m and spread 2.5m.

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