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  • Ferula
    • communis subsp. glauca   CAG02099

      (Giant fennel)
      Height3m
      Width1m
      Flowering SeasonSp - Su
      WaterL
      LightFull Sun
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A spectacle.
      From a stiff brooding mound of feathery, dark green, waxy leaves, radiating on stout stalks, thrusts a towering asparagus like stem, 3m or more, bearing large globular clusters of tiny, acid yellow flowers followed by clustered whorls of flattened seeds. This startling display requires three or four years of growth, accumulating energy in its fleshy taproot, before it is produced after which the plant, having exhausted itself, typically dies. Adventitious seedlings usually appear the following winter and you once again get to admire the fabulous foliage while anticipating the next hurrah.

      From limestone soils in the Mediterranean, summer dormant and utterly drought loving it tolerates richer and moister garden conditions but is perhaps most enjoyable and spectacular in barren, well drained, exposed sites where other less impressive plants have failed.

      Quite toxic, unlike its less bold but more commonly encountered cousin Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare).

  • Echium
    • simplex   CAG02330
      Height3m
      Width1m
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightSun
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      One of the most exemplary of the genus, from the centre of its huge, solitary rosette of silvery green, lance shaped leaves, erupts a towering spire of densely crowded white flowers. This awe inspiring display proves fatal but self sown seedlings usually appear in bare soil the following winter and which after two or three years growth repeat the performance.

      Native to the island of Tenerife in the Canaries and at home in well drained alkaline soil or even not too damp clay. Summer rainfall/irrigation unnecessary. Easy. Line your drive or verge to create a head turning traffic hazard.

      Mostly resistant to the leaf miners and stem borers introduced to control E. plantagineum (Paterson's curse) and which often mar other species.

    • wildpretii   CAG01911
      Height3m
      Width60cm
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightSun
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      A magnificent and highly desirable monocarp. Globe like rosettes of slender, tapering, silver haired leaves eventually produce a fat towering spire composed of millions of small, rich rose flowers.

      A true xerophyte that adapts perfectly to our hot dry summers and then keels over instantly after chance summer rain or just the return of autumn humidity if still too warm.

      From high altitude in the Canary Islands receiving most of its moisture from passing clouds to which it's physiology is highly adapted. Growable in cooler climates, were it won't adapt itself so highly, with infrequent water in very well drained soil where intense sunlight will be preferred and some frost tolerated. As with most monocarps only very young plants establish well, if at all.

      Unlikely to be offered again having conceded defeat after many attempts.

  • Seseli
    • gummiferum   CAG01928

      (Moon carrot)
      Height60cm
      Width35cm
      Flowering SeasonSummer
      WaterL
      LightFull Sun
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      From Turkey and Eastern Europe comes this surreal, biennial member of the carrot family.

      Silvery-blue mounds of lacy foliage throw up fat, branching stems of creamy-white umbels followed by the unavoidable death of the plant but no loss, as providing there is good drainage and a sunny exposed position, a healthy crop of seedlings should appear the following Winter.

      Tolerant of dry, stony and poor soils this plant is astounding in scattered drifts with winter bulbs, Catmints, Lambs ears, Anthemis or any other tough low growing plants.

      It shouldn't need saying but just in case. Intolerant of shade and much summer moisture.

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