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Alpine Garden Society Online Show, 2010

Class 82: cushion plant

Entries: 5
Entry by John Good

Azorella trifurcata
This member of the parsnip family (Apiaceae [formerly Umbelliferae]) comes from Chile and Argentina where it covers a very large altitudinal range, from coastal sands and gravels to Empetrum heaths at 3500 m. The plant in the photograph is 20 years old and while not a showstopper is one that visitors always ask about. The cushions are very bright green and shiny all year round being impervious to rain, snow and frost. The clusters of small, rather inconspicuous yellow flowers appear in June.

Entry by Graham Catlow

Arenaria alfacarensis

Judge's comment: Don`t know this plant and can`t find anything out about it, but lovely fresh cushion. From photo looks less tight than A. tetraquetra, but attractive tumbling down the rockery.
Entry by Hilary Birks

Azorella trifurca

Entry by David Hoare

GYPSOPHILA ARETIOIDES

Entry by Luc Gilgemyn

Arenaria tetraquetra var. granatensis

Judge's comment: Impressive clump
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