Flowers of the Maloti Mountains, Lesotho

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Mark McD
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Thanks Jenny for this posting of intriguing plants and fantastic mountain scenery, a real treat!  And a belated WELCOME to NARGS Forum; I'm sorry but I have been a little preoccupied recently.

I'll echo the unanimous response about the Helichrysums, they are truly special.  I also like the Felicia species (Aster substitutes in some parts of the world), Hirpicium, Zaluzianskya, and the odd-duck Eucomis schjiffii, I wonder if that last one is hardy given its provenance.

I'm particularly struck by Zaluzianskya, a genus I experimented with a little more than a decade ago; but my memory of the details fades.  A Google search for posts I know that I made on several Zaluzianskya species evades google results, yet can be found if one goes to the Alpine-L Archives and searches there! As an aside, this is yet another aspect that I don't like about Listservs like Alpine-L, they don't factor into the universal Google searching.  Anyway, I have grown both species shown, Z. ovata and Z. rubrostellata, and another one Z. pulvinata. I wish I had photos to share, but Jenny's photos beautifully capture the charm of these little night-blooming alpines.  Here is a series of Alpine-L messages I posted between 1998 and 2000, in the sequence in which they were posted, having to do with Zaluzianskya.

Alpine-L messages on Zaluzianskya 1998 - 2000:
https://listserv.surfnet.nl/scripts/wa.cgi?A2=ind9804&L=ALPINE-L&P=R10254
https://listserv.surfnet.nl/scripts/wa.cgi?A2=ind9906&L=ALPINE-L&P=R58
https://listserv.surfnet.nl/scripts/wa.cgi?A2=ind9906&L=ALPINE-L&P=R817
https://listserv.surfnet.nl/scripts/wa.cgi?A2=ind9907&L=ALPINE-L&P=R939
https://listserv.surfnet.nl/scripts/wa.cgi?A2=ind0007&L=ALPINE-L&P=R3445  Z. pulvinata
https://listserv.surfnet.nl/scripts/wa.cgi?A2=ind0007&L=ALPINE-L&P=R6274  Z. pulvinata by friend Marsha Russell
https://listserv.surfnet.nl/scripts/wa.cgi?A2=ind0007&L=ALPINE-L&P=R6367

Jenny, sorry about this diversion from your topic, but I thought people might like to hear about Zaluzianskya.  Many others have grown them, it seems to be a captivating little genus to play around with.  Looking forward to more of your postings.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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Wainwright
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Hi Todd, late October would be very early for flowers. I've made 6 trips in all to Lesotho, almost always timed for peak flowering in January/February. This coming year I've planned a trip for Feb/March, more in the hope of finding seed thanin expectation of flowers. I've been trialing various Lesothan alpines at the Botanic Garden where I work and have had success with a number of plants, especially in a garden in the Alps, but it's too wet here in winter for Eucomis schijffii. I grow it in a frame, but no flowers yet.

I was really interested to read your postings on Zaluzianskya rubrostellata, Mark. I haven't tried growing any Zaluzianskyas yet but a friend from Lesotho has sent me seed which I'll be sowing this coming spring. I think it's either monocarpic or a short-lived perennial; the plants I've seen have all been typical pioneer plants growing on disturbed land. The trick will be to get it to sow itself in the garden and be self-sustaining.

Jenny Wainwright-Klein. Southern Germany, 90 km north of the Alps. USDA 6

Hoy
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I have grown a few Zaluzianskya species here in Norway and all have behaved like annuals although some have looked very shrub-like. I've got seed from Silverhill, South Africa.

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Wainwright
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Trond, did your Zaluzianskyas ever set seed in your garden?

Jenny Wainwright-Klein. Southern Germany, 90 km north of the Alps. USDA 6

Hoy
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Jenny, I didn't see ripe seed but I wasn't collecting either.  At that time I was looking for perennials and found other interesting species like Glumicalyx to be hardy perennials here. I had many South African plants for several years. Most of them have since perished due to hard winters and lack of sun. All my shrubs and trees grow too huge! (I have been through a period of woodland gardening recently!)

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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