Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Atraphaxix spinosa, Sandweed?, one of Stefan's collectgions from Azerbaijan

This picture shows one flower and one developing achene.Heavier flower set makes it a much more colorful plant.We planted it on a dry sandy uncongenial slope which is just the kind of place it likes. The plants are surviving but don't seem especially happy. It's possible that it needs to develop a good root system, as some xerophytes do, at which time it may look nicer. Still it's interesting to have this very uncommon plant in the garden.

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