Cryptantha and Oreocarya

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Cryptantha and Oreocarya

I don't see many of the Boraginaceae mentioned on the site so I thought I'd start the ball rolling.
The genuses Cryptantha and Oreocarya have several showy perennial species that are garden worthy.

I grow two of the Cryptantha. Cryptantha abata and Cryptantha humilis.

Cryptantha humilis

Cryptantha abata

Lori S.
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Joined: 2009-10-27

Beauties and highly garden worthy, as you say!  We'll all be hoping to expand our collections to include these species, I'm sure.

Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Tim Ingram
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Joined: 2011-04-27

The leaf is like onosma and the flowers, well eritrichium! Great plants. I've never tried these but do like the borage family in general and try to grow as many as I can find find. I think the only American species I have grown is Eritrichium howardii, and that was the most delightful plant. I do have a few seeds sown from Alplains of others so hope I may have some to add to this thread later on.

Dr. Timothy John Ingram
Faversham, Kent, UK
I garden in a relatively hot and dry region (for the UK!), with an annual rainfall of around 25", winter lows of -10°C and summer highs of 30°C.

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Very nice plants, John! However by the look of them they don't seem to stand my climate :-\

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

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Sad but true. :-[

From the High Desert Steppe
of the Great Basin and the Eastern
Escarpment of the Sierra Nevada Range
Located in Reno/Sparks,NV  zone 6-7
John P Weiser

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Beauties! Like everyone (here), it seems, I love these low fuzzy plants :)

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F;

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I've always admired these on my trips to southern Alberta and northern Montana.

Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Zone 5b
1800 mm precipitation per year

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