Alpine Perennials II

alpineandrosacestudlosorumchumbyi (297x300)Androsace studiosorum ‘Chumbyi’ (syn. A. primuloides, A. sarmentosa) – This cultivar of Rock Jasmine bears umbels of darker pink flowers with a yellow eye (turning red with age) in May. It is evergreen with silvery-haired foliage forming rosettes that spread by runners. Requires good drainage in order to overwinter. Grows 4″ high by 10″ wide. Hardy to zone 5.

saxifragaalberteinstein (300x295)Saxifraga x apiculata ‘Albert Einstein’ – This hybrid of Saxifraga marginata and Saxifraga sancta bears rosettes of tiny green leaves that form an evergreen clump. Clusters of pale yellow flowers are borne on reddish stems (about 3-4″ high) from March to April. It is a German hybrid and a good choice for alpine troughs. Grows 3-4″ high by 9-12″ wide. Hardy to zone 4.

alpineantennaria (300x298)Antennaria dioica ‘Rosea’ (syn. Antennaria rosea) – Rosy Pussytoes is a semi-evergreen perennial with tiny silvery-grey spoon-shaped leaves that form a dense mat. It bears clusters of fluffy rose-pink flowers on short silver stems in early summer. This alpine perennial is drought tolerant and an RHS Award of Garden Merit winner. Grows 2″ high by 18″ wide. Zone 3.

alpinedelospermabasalticum (300x273)Delosperma basuticum – White-Eyed Ice Plant is a native of South Africa which bears large yellow starry flowers (about 1.5″ wide) with prominent white centers. The fleshy green leaves form an evergreen carpet but require near perfect winter drainage. It blooms from April to May and also attracts butterflies. Grows 1-2″ high by 6-8″ wide. Hardy to zone 5.

saxifragafireworks (300x298)Saxifraga x arendsii ‘Feuerwerk’ (syn. ‘Fireworks’) – This Mossy Group Saxifraga is a German cultivar with evergreen cushions of bright green foliage. It bears intense rose-pink to red blooms (with yellow centers) on elegant stems from May to June. Grows best in part sun (tolerates full sun in coastal BC) with evenly moist soil that readily drains. Grows 4-8″ high by 6-12″ wide. Zone 4.

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