Mark Griffiths Inspiring Plants

The plant below was true to name, it's a form of Aquilegia flabellata with thick flowers and leaves in an ivory colour.


 

The plant below came from seed labelled Aquilegia laramiensis. As that is white I think this is something else possibly a form of Aquilegia flabellata or maybe even A. Saximontana (which is another species I can't seem to get true).


 

This plant was one of the plants grown from seed labelled A. Scopulorum. It's a very nice plant but completely different – it looks like one of the European alpine species, possibly Aquilegia bertolonii. It's grown happily, gently seeding around in a shady trough. I have contributed seed to the Alpine Garden Society - rather than guess the name I labelled it "Aquilegia blue, 3 inches"


 

Aquilegia - a big genus including many garden and alpine species. If you are interested in the alpine species then you have a couple of problems, one - they hybridize like mad, and two - plants and seeds are often outrageously misnamed. I was considering subtitling the section "In search of scopulorum" because most of the images below are of plants raised form seed as A. scopulorum. A. scopulorum is actually has quite distinct leaves so there really is no excuse.


I have grown A. scopulorum several times but it usually succumbs eventually to red spider mite or under/ over watering in the winter.


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