Eritrichium howardii

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cohan
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There are occasions when we need to specify what sort of English, since we do of course have some different usage than U.S., various parts of Britain, Aus, NZ etc, so then we will specify Canadian English, but normally we just say English...

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

Anne Spiegel
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Pictured is Eritrichium howardii, which manages to get through our winters OK.  It will never look as it does in the wild. but the great news is that it seeded itself into a piece of tufa, where it has persisted for three years but has yet to flower.

Lori S.
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It looks wonderful, Anne, and self-seeding yet too.  :o

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

cohan
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Self perpetuating is extra good news, Anne :)

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

Peden
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January 31, 2013 update on Eritrichiums here. A day of record warmth for the date here (55F.) has melted all the snow that was covering these. E. howardii is showing full normal winter dormancy. There's probably some significance to the few yellow leaves. The dormant growing point appears purplish and the outer foliage is obviously dead. The Lemhi Mountains plant remains largely green. The Bighorn Mountains plant pictured has changed little since December despite its respite under the snow. Ditto the Wallowa Mountains plant (not shown).

Michael Peden
Lake Champlain Valley, zone 4b
Four and a half months frost free
Snow cover not guaranteed

RickR
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So nice to document these differences, Michael!

Do they all have the same exposure?

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Peden
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Eritrichium howardii (my garden) in late March 2013. They grow well in cool weather. It appears as if the flower buds begin in spring on these as opposed to fall, but I don't really know.

Michael Peden
Lake Champlain Valley, zone 4b
Four and a half months frost free
Snow cover not guaranteed

Anne Spiegel
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I think you're right, Michael.  I've never noticed any bud-forming in the fall.  Your plants looks really good.  Follow-up pictures, please.

Peden
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Spiegel wrote:

I think you're right, Michael.  I've never noticed any bud-forming in the fall.  Your plants looks really good.  Follow-up pictures, please.

Yes, Anne, of course! I was out there just a minute ago and there has already been change in the plant since morning. I love rock gardening!

Michael Peden
Lake Champlain Valley, zone 4b
Four and a half months frost free
Snow cover not guaranteed

Merlin
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I used to grow E. howardii in a pot but have since focused on growing it in the open garden. we are a few weeks away from the garden plants flowering but here is one in a pot.

Jim Hatchett, Eagle Idaho USA  Zone 5? 11" average annual precipitation

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