One in Adelphi, Maryland, one in Wildwood, Florida, one at the US National Arboretum with a grandfatherly interest in many more around the DC area (unless noted, pictures are taken the day of post)
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.