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  • Dracunculus
    • canariensis   CAG02357

      (Canary Island Dragon Arum)
      Dracunculus canariensis
      $12.00earn 60 points

      A more subtle Dragon Arum from the Canary Islands with a tapering white spathe that ensorcells a stiff creamy spadix atop a fleshy stalk of palmate foliage. Elegant, lush and not stinky, it forms loose colonies in shaded sites, perhaps at its best emerging from a sea of suitable woodland groundcover, Pelargonium tomentosum, Cyclamen hederifolium, Parochetus africanus, Cosmos diversifolius or Viola banksii are some suggestions. Or have it peeking out between bold shrubs, like Echium candicans and Aeonium, which can offer it protection.

      Easily grown in any soil, summer deciduous and then no water is necessary.

      As with many drought loving geophytes these are decidedly unsuited to life in a pot, plants sold are two years old and need to get in the ground ASAP.

  • Consolida
  • Coreopsis
    • tinctoria   CAG00686

      (Plains Coreopsis, Garden Coreopsis, Golden tickseed)
      Coreopsis tinctoria

      Every new visitor to the nursery during spring or early summer invariably asks the name of this brilliant annual from the North American prairies. Under my conditions it is remarkably fecund and I have a tendency to let it have it's way, mostly. Drifts of diminutive specimens can be found in the paving cracks and you have to wade through their larger siblings that have found more hospitable homes. An opportunistic seedling can usually be found in flower at any time of the year and most customers must go home with at least one or two hitch-hikers stowed away amongst their purchases.

      Even in their thousands there are nearly as many variations in colour and form of flower, from clear yellow, some with cinnamon brushing, to mahogany red and every combination in between, that is yellow with a red centre of varying size. Some plants have flowers with extra smaller petals in the centre so as to appear almost anemone centred, while others have rolled flute-like petals somewhat resembling seashells, which is a name often given this flower form.

      Whatever form the flowers take the foliage is always finely dissected, dark green, occasionally red tinted, glossy and almost fern-like, in a rosette which firsts mounds, then elongates with a sturdy stem, atop which is carried the much branched head of daisy-like flowers.

      Scratch seeds into any bare soil, sand or clay during autumn. They will persist from year to year so long as adequate moisture is available to complete flowering and seed set, a little additional water late in the season is usually required if relying on rainfall.

      Each packet should contain at least 50 seeds. And then some.

  • Eschscholzia
  • Fallugia


    • paradoxa   CAG02239

      (Apache plume)
      Fallugia paradoxa

      This intriguing member of the Rose family bears pure white five petalled rose flowers on very slender, twiggy, silvery-white branches, sparsely adorned with small, evergreen, clasping, leathery, filigree leaves and followed by long lasting, feathery, silvery pink plumes.

      Quite quickly forming an airy shrub at it's very best backlit by late afternoon sun when the feathery seed heads take on an ethereal glow.

      Found in desert regions of the south west United States and northern Mexico it should prove to be extremely heat, drought and cold tolerant as well as enjoy being baked by hot walls, paving, car parks and road edges. Unlikely to perform well on the east coast though it may prove more successful inland.

      All but poorly drained soils should be ideal.

      Evergreen in Perth, it could be deciduous with cold enough weather that few places in Australia are likely to provide.

  • Fragaria
    • chiloensis   CAG02377

      (Beach strawberry)
      Fragaria chiloensis

      One of the wild ancestors of the modern strawberry found along the Pacific coast of both North and South America as well as Hawaii.

      A vigorous ground-cover spreading by surface rooting runners and well adapted to sandy soil or anything but the most compacted clay, where it will form a weed suppressing dark green mat composed of serrated, trifoliate leaves of which the underside and stalks are densely clothed in short soft hairs.

      Perhaps at it's most useful in shady sites, even solid dark shade, where it demands far less summer water than most any alternative. Plant with Spanish bluebells (Hyacinthoides hispanica) for some added spring colour.

      Of course this is still a Strawberry and the small, tart, but highly aromatic fruit are formed during spring and early summer from pure white rose-like flowers typically hidden amongst the foliage.

  • Gilia
    • tricolor   CAG02453

      (Birds eyes)
      Gilia tricolor

      A self sowing Californian annual that parades all spring, into summer, masses of 1cm, five petalled, almost circular flowers, delicately coloured a soft mauve fading to white towards a dark centre which is accented by dainty pale blue stamens. Each a work of art in miniature complimented by lacy soft green foliage.

      Does well in a pot to replace or compliment gaudy modern hybrid annuals or could even be planted with other Californians.

      Scratch into bare sunny soil, where they are to grow, in autumn or winter.

      Each pack contains a generous 50+ seeds.

  • Mimulus

    (Monkey flowers)

    • aurantiacus   CAG00482

      (Sticky monkey flower) syn. Diplacus aurantiacus
      Mimulus aurantiacus

      A sensational and drought tolerant shrubby perennial from southern California. Pairs of slightly sticky dark green leaves clothe the soft scrambling stems and are joined in spring and summer by a endless profusion of widely flared, pale apricot, trumpet shaped flowers.

      During the heat and dry conditions of summer the leaves slowly roll up to conserve moisture, to the gardener uninitiated in the ways of drought tolerant plants this would seem to demand a good watering but such action will sooner or later lead to the untimely demise of this beautiful plant.

      Quick growing and happy in any soil with at least reasonable drainage.

      At their happiest with light summer shade where the flowering period is greatly extended.

      Perfect for planting beneath unirrigated roses for a world of unique colour combinations.

  • Nemophila
    • maculata   CAG02448

      Nemophila maculata

      A lovely self seeding Californian annual with clumps of scalloped, pale green, ferny leaves. Bearing throughout spring a profusion of white, saucer shaped flowers, of which each of five petals proudly wears a purple spot near it's tip. The apt moniker of Fivespot needs no explanation at the sight of a single flower.

      Scratch seeds into bare sunny soil during autumn or early winter.

      Light shade is tolerated and may lengthen flowering.

      Excellent in pots as an alternative to, or in combination with, Pansies and Violas.

      Each packet contains 50+ seeds minimum.

    • menziesii   CAG02519

      (Baby blue eyes)
      Nemophila menziesii

      A dainty looking garden treasure, easily grown and self seeding. A winter growing Californian annual well suited to life in Perth gardens. The baby blue, white throated, saucer shaped flowers are borne abundantly over soft green rosettes of pinnate leaves.

      While undeniably pretty it is perhaps at its very best in combination with other hardy Californian annuals, Eschscholzia, Limnanthes, Collinsia, Phacelia etc. either in the garden or in pots.

      Scratch into bare, well drained soil in autumn or early winter where they should self sow in following years.

      Each pack contains, at the bare minimum, 50+ seeds.

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