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Calanthe Kozu grex
A hardy orchid from Japan for light shade and humusy soil. Attractive pleated foliage emerges in spring, followed by 25cm high heads of light-caramel flowers with pale-pink lower lips in summer. A hybrid between the hardy C. discolor and the fragrant C. izu-insularis.
From the Balkans, Waldstein's toothwort makes a tough little April flowering perennial to about 30cm high, with comparatively large white open faced flowers with purple stamen over the bright green trifoliate leaves. Easy in sun or semi-shade if not too dry.
Cardiandra alternifolia subsp. moellendorffii
An herbaceous hydrangea relative from China, forming a clumping perennial with delicate brick-pink lacecap flowers in late summer and autumn. For a humus rich soil in a wind sheltered position. Approx 50cm high.
Basically an herbaceous hydrangea, from the mountains of Taiwan, forming a clumping perennial with delicate lilac-pink lacecap flowers in late summer and autumn. For a humus rich soil in a wind sheltered position. Approx 50cm high.
Cardiocrinum giganteum var. yunnanense
The marvellous Giant lily producing, when ready, a giant scape of deliciously scented, creamy-white lily flowers, stained purple in the throat, and in this Chinese variety, contrasting flower stems stained almost black to about 2m high, and the young heart shaped leaves also tinged bronze. Cool, rich, humusy soil in part shade.
Cautleya gracilis from Manipur
This small ginger relative, with red and yellow flower spikes in late summer, was found in Manipur on Shirui Peak at 2500m alt. A more delicate looking species than C. spicata, reaching about 60cm. Rich soil, sun/semi-shade
Cautleya gracilis from Nagaland (new)
This small ginger relative, with red and yellow flower spikes in late summer, was found in Nagaland on the Dzukou Massif at 2400m alt. A more delicate looking species than C. spicata, reaching about 60cm. Rich soil, sun/semi-shade
Cautleya gracilis var. robusta 'Tenzing's Gold'
A fine form of this hardy ginger relative with more flowers per stem, usually between 15 and 20. Rich yellow flowers from red tinted bracts in late summer on stems to 50cm. The leaves have most attractive deep-red undersides. Enjoys a semi-shade position in good free draining soil that doesn't get too dry. Mulch over in winter if you live on Ben Nevis, but otherwise hardy if not waterlogged in winter.
Cautleya spicata 'Arun Flame'
A collection of this hardy ginger relative from E. Nepal which has the darkest red stems to about 1m tall. Orange flushed rich yellow flowers emerging from deep-red bracts are produced atop the stems July to Sept and the leaf undersides are tinged purple-red. Enjoying a semi-shade position in good free draining soil that doesn't get too dry.
Cautleya spicata 'Robusta'
A very exotic looking, but hardy ginger relative with striking flower spikes in August, borne atop clumps of luscious foliage to about 70cm. Richest orangey-yellow Roscoea like flowers emerge from deep blood-red bracts. Rich soil in semi-shade.
Chamerion (Epilobium) angustifolium var. album
The pure white form of Willow herb, making bold clumps with flowers in summer. Height 1.5m. Sun or part shade. Very elegant.
Chloranthus oldhamii BSWJ 2019
From the mountains of Taiwan, a hardy perennial with upright stems to 50cm bearing whorls of four to six handsome leaves and terminal spikes of scented white flowers that droop down from an upright stem and essentially last for months. For a humus-rich soil in semi-shade.
A plant for moist shade, with large grey-green bristly leaves, which bronze a little in winter, and large red-pink tinted white flowers in winter/spring, lasting for weeks as they set seed. Spreads by runners which emerge heavily washed in deep red, so forming a colony. Great ground-cover and extremely easily removed if spreading too far.
Clematis recta (new)
A Hungarian collection of this summer flowering herbaceous species reaching about 1.5m tall. Masses of white scented flowers on stems that usually need a little support to remain upright. Good soil in full sun.
Cnidium silaifolium (Cenolophium denudatum)
Deep green, very finely divided leaves form beautiful foliar texture in spring, then broad flat umbels of white flowers rise above in summer. Sun or shade, even very dry shade. A very tough plant which will happily naturalise in wild, and not so wild, parts of the garden.
Collinsonia canadensis (new)
From the Eastern USA, this member of the mint family has citronella scented flowers and foliage (when bruised). An herbaceous plant 1m to 1.3m tall, with broad foliage and terminal pyramidal inflorescences of small soft-yellow flowers in September. An important medicinal herb, the foliage can also be used to make a tea. A woodland plant in nature, often, but not always, on limestone.
Convallaria majalis 'Hofheim' (new)
A form of Lily of the Valley with the slightly grey-green leaves tastefully edged in a variable but generally tastefully slim cream margin. Splendidly scented white bell flowers as per normal in spring. Forms patches over time on most soils, even very dry ones. Sun or semi-shade.
Convallaria majalis 'Vic Pawlowski's Gold'
A particularly stable variegated clone of Lily of the valley; the leaves vividly striped creamy-yellow from top to bottom and an improvement on 'Albostriata'. Typical deliciously scented white flowers in spring. Forms patches over time on most soils, even very dry ones. Sun or semi-shade.
Corydalis 'Dzukou Mousse' (new)
Found at 2450m on the Dzukou Massif, Nagaland, NE India, this large growing unidentified species forms mounds of bronze-tinted green ferny foliage with caramel and yellow flowers from early summer till frost. This can get to over 1m high if allowed to rest against neighbours.
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