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Plants in the Alpine House or Cold Frame: November at Kew

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Contribution from Jon Evans 21 November 2008, 16:06top / bottom of page

I'm including Ipheion vittatum here, despite the poor picture, because it bears a strong resemblance to the plant exhibited by Bob and Rannveig Wallis at the Autumn South Show as Ipheion roseum.

The highlight of these for me was Ipheion hirtellum ? it looks straggly in the picture, but these are big flowers, at least the size of those on Ipheion sellowianum in the spring, and this plant is definitely going on my most wanted list !

Another interesting plant ? Ptilotus manglesii ? a miniature member of the the Amaranthaceae ? these heads are a little bigger than golf balls.

Tritonia laxifolia - notable because it is autumn flowering - most tritonias flower in late spring.

Scilla madeirensis

Last but not least, and certainly not hardy, a magnificent pot of Scilla madeirensis, lit by the autumn sun.

Scilla madeirensis

Contribution from Martin Rogerson 21 November 2008, 19:06top / bottom of page

Thanks Jon for brightening up a November evening. Hardy or not that Scilla is magnificent.


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