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Discovering Alpine and Sub-Alpine Plants

By valleylynn
May 8, 2012

I was a long time coming to the realization of the vast scope and variety of alpine plants. There are many of them that are easy to grow, if given the right conditions.

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Name: Chris
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goldfinch4
May 8, 2012 1:18 AM CST
Nice article Lynn with great information. I've been trying to add some of these amazing plants to my sempervivum and sedum gardens and containers the last few years too. The fact that so many of them remain small it a plus due to space limitations. I love the color of the Gentiana! I grew Leontopodium for a long time but lost it 2 winters ago. I have to try it again, my Dad loved it. Smiling Thanks for a great article. Thumbs up
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sandnsea2
May 8, 2012 5:57 AM CST
So much information and so many tempting plants! The Leontopodium and Polygala are wonderful!

Alpines are such a fascinating group and your article made them even more enticing.

Thanks, Lynn, for a great and very informative article! Thumbs up :thumbsup:




Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
May 8, 2012 9:40 AM CST
Just look at this sweet and unusual little plant. : )
Aloinopsis spathulata


And this tiny Pentstemon nitidus Lovey dubby

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mcash70
May 8, 2012 1:39 PM CST
Love your article Lynn, great information and I love the plants.!! Thumbs up
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valleylynn
May 8, 2012 1:41 PM CST
There are so many others that I couldn't put them all in the article. I'll have to add more here in these response threads. Thumbs up
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goldfinch4
May 8, 2012 3:28 PM CST
Sounds good - keep adding them! I'm enjoying every one.
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sandnsea2
May 8, 2012 3:58 PM CST
You know, umpteen years ago, when I first started gardening, Edelweiss was one of the very first things I planted. Fascinated by them! Smiling
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
May 8, 2012 4:21 PM CST
I had never seen one until last year. I am also fascinated by them. Right now it is just a little tuft of green leaves out in the bed. Can't wait until it blooms again. I think of the song from the Sound of Music every time I see it. : )

Did I tell you I had the good fortune to meet one of the Von Trapp grandsons? Such a wonderful young man.

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sandnsea2
May 8, 2012 6:20 PM CST

How fascinating, Lynn, to meet him! Hurray!
Was it in the Alps?
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valleylynn
May 8, 2012 8:37 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing No, it was at the Best Buy store in Salem, OR. Many of the family live in the Portland, OR area.
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sandnsea2
May 8, 2012 8:40 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Hilarious!
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
May 8, 2012 8:46 PM CST
Green Grin! Wish it was the Alps.
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
May 21, 2012 9:08 PM CST
I just had to share with all of you the great news about my Polygala chamaebuxus. It is forming new plants from the roots system.



I also acquired a new plant for the alpine collection, Aquilegia scopulorum. A very tiny Aquilegia, perfect for an alpine garden.


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mcash70
May 21, 2012 10:27 PM CST
That's great Lynn. The Aquilegia scopulorum is really pretty, I love the color. I gave your photo a thumbs up on the database!!! Green Grin!
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valleylynn
May 21, 2012 10:33 PM CST
Group hug Thank you Margaret. I was so excited when I found that little miniature Aquilegia.
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mcash70
May 21, 2012 10:36 PM CST
I tip my hat to you. It's a real cutie. Lovey dubby
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
May 21, 2012 10:41 PM CST
I didn't even know they came that tiny. Now I want to see if there are others out there in other colors.
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Sharon
May 21, 2012 11:12 PM CST
Love that little Aguilegia!!
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
May 22, 2012 11:39 AM CST
I really didn't know what to expect from this tiny Aguilegia, as it was not in bloom when I bought it at the Denver Botanical Gardens in CO. What a wonderful surprise when came into bloom last week. Will be interesting to see how long the bloom period is.

In my quest for more diminutive alpine plants for the raised beds, I found this one. It is now added to one of the beds.
Penstemon mexicali Pike's Peak Purple

Name: Margaret
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mcash70
May 23, 2012 9:03 AM CST
Lynn, that's a little cutie too!!

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