Hope I am lucky enoug to grow anything at all. They all do look terrific!
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!
Hoy I think the two keys to remember when growing Eriogonums has to do with summer drainage, and summer warmth. The high elevation and alpine species can take quite wet conditions in the winter when they are dormant. In the summer give them a well drained sight with exposure to as much sun as possible. In your climate I would place them on the south side of a rock with a southern exposure. Be sure that the soil is lean and drains readily and I think you would have a very good chance of keeping them alive. If you get a chance try Eriogonum ovalifolium variety eximium, or variety nivale. These are two of the high elevation varieties. Both form respectable flat gray mats. Their flowers are held aloft on shorter scapes which is always nice.
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
Thanks John, I'll keep it in mind! I had a few seedlings last spring but I think most of them were damaged by the sheep at my summerhouse where I planted them. Although I don't think they actually ate them (too small) they trampled all over the place and disturbed the small plants. I have to wait till spring to see wether any has survived :(
Thanks so much for posting such superb pictures, John. I'm growing 'Williamsae' - better make that trying to keep it alive, it definitely didn't like the rain this fall. It's in very lean, fast-draning soil on top of the cliff, fully exposed to sun all day and to wind. It looked great during the summer but no flowers. Your picture of 'exium' in flower was wonderful. I'm growing 'niveum' but the 'exium' looks like one to try.
I grew caespitosum and several larger species in a sand bed a decade or more ago, with winter cover. I think this would be necessary in most gardens here, unless the sand beds are very large, on the scale of Peter Korn's. I am now trying several forms of ovalifolium and umbellatum but they are still only young plants. It is really great genus and marvellous to see them grown so well.
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.
Super excited by this thread as I just planted out 12+ E. ovalifolium 'Wellington form" I grew from seed in my scree. Looking forward to future glory.
Hello Susan, welcome to NARGS Forum, we do hope you'll show us your Eriogonum plants here one day, and we wouldn't mind seeing your seedling plants too.
By the way, I checked your blog site listed in your signature, quite interesting, and thank you for posting the link to a fantastic resource, the Digital Atlas of the Vascular Plants of Utah. Folks, you can check it out (and bookmark it) here: http://earth.gis.usu.edu/plants/
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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Here is Eriogonum androsaceum from sept 04, this year, by Abraham Lake, Alberta. I never seem to get there at the right time for flowers (one stalk once) or seed.. At this time the plants had just started to show some fall colour, not yet the blazing hot pink they could get later...
west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/
What is this one John Weiser?
Lincoln county Idaho (native)
Dry garden, little irrigation, 9" precip
Shoshone Idaho USA. Zone 5b-6a
Hot and dry in the summer, cold and snow in the winter.