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Scabiosa argentea PAB 892

An unusual species from SE Europe with finely divided grey-hairy leaves. Cream flower heads in summer. Height 50cm. Sunny well drained position. Very drought tolerant. This collection from Croatia.

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Selinum wallichianum

Flat, white, cow parsley-like flower-heads in summer over gloriously finely cut leaves. The foliage a joy in itself. One of the finest umbellifers, but one that is difficult to keep looking good in a pot on a nursery, darn it! Height 120cm. Sun, but not too dry.

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Selinum wallichianum from Bhutan (new)

A tall growing form originally from Bhutan. Flat, white, cow parsley-like flower-heads in summer over gloriously finely cut leaves. The foliage a joy in itself. One of the finest umbellifers, but one that is difficult to keep looking good in a pot on a nursery, darn it! Height 180cm in a moist year.. Sun, but not too dry.

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Sempervivum 'Bronco'

A splendid hardy variety with red tinged rosettes becoming rich shiny red in winter. Sun and good drainage.

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Sempervivum 'Othello'

Fine, potentially very large dark red rosettes. Pink starry flowers in summer to 15cm. For a sunny position in lean soil.

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Sempervivum 'Virgil'

A very fine cultivar with rich purple foliage heavily washed with a glaucous grey bloom, the intensity of which changes through the season. Bulks up very well. Short stalks of pink flowers in summer. For very well drained gravelly conditions in sun.

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Sempervivum calcaratum 'Extra'

Superb densely packed rosettes of blue green leaves, each leaf tipped with deepest red. Hardy. Sun and very good drainage.

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Sidalcea reptans

Very rarely seen ground covering species from The Sierra Nevada Mts of California with spires of mauve-pink flowers up to 50cm high in summer. Sun or part shade, not too dry. Runs.

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Sinningia tubiflora

Sinningia tubiflora

Beautifully drooping, long tubed, white trumpets held high on long slim stems emit a wonderfully sweet lemony fragrance in late summer. Makes a mound of softly hairy grey-green foliage. Give this Gesneriad full sun. I grow this as a pot plant overwintered dry but cold in a polytunnel and have yet to experiment with it outside. Bulks up splendidly by way of tubers. Quite gorgeous.

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Sinopodophyllum hexandrum var. chinense

Woodlander for leafy soil with bold deeply lobed palmate foliage, each emerging heavily blotched with red-brown markings and expanding green to 30cm across. Light pink flowers rise just above the foliage in early summer, followed by dangling vivid red edible fruit, much used in herbal medicine. Height 75cm or so at maturity, making a bold clump.

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Smallanthus sonchifolia 'Red China'

Yakon. A big leafy Andean member of the Aster family, producing striking pairs of opposite, dark tinted foliage up the 2m stems. Large leaves are shaped roughly like an arrowhead, with striking veining and a winged petiole, adding an exotic element to any planting. Purple tubers are sweet and edible having an extremely low glycaemic index and are easy to juice. Lift like a Dahlia for winter.

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Smyrnium olusatrum Cretan Giant form (new)

An exceptionally tall race of the species originally found on Crete, reaching at least 1.8m high in flower. 'Alexanders' were brought here from southern Europe by the Romans as an early season edible. Very early into growth, the splendid glossy green foliage is topped by umbels of pale greenish-yellow flowers in spring. A biennial so allow to self sow, where it will be easy on any scrubby bit of soil.

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Soldanella villosa

Frilly violet-blue flowers in spring dangle over glossy rounded little leaves. 20cm. For a moist but well drained acidic soil in shade.

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Speirantha convallarioides

Speirantha convallarioides

An unusual 'Lily of the Valley' relative from SE China, with scented starry white flowers nestling amongst the evergreen leaves, on stems to 30cm. Spreads gently to form a patch. Leafy soil in shade/semi-shade.

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Succisa pratensis Early form

Devil's bit scabious. A native of damp grassland with domed deep lavender scabious flowers, in this early form seen in June/July. It is tolerant of drier sites however and can be used in any reasonable soil in sun or semi-shade. Height 40cm. The food plant of the Marsh Fritillary butterfly and the Narrow-bordered Bee Hawk-moth. Also good for bees, hoverflies and other butterflies.

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Symphytum cordatum

An unusual comfrey from E. Europe, this Carpathian endemic species has different and splendid broad heart shaped foliage and clusters of primrose-yellow flowers in spring. A creeping, relatively low growing species, found in light woodland in nature.

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