Plant Identification


post an unknown plant and see if others can provide a name

Small Luzula species?

Submitted by Lori S. on Sat, 06/08/2013 - 16:52

I've had this cute little clumping grass forever... bought from a vendor of alpines many years ago. It gets to 8" max in flower, and about the same around - a useful and rather attractive grass (IMO), small enough for the rock garden. It just occurred to me today, as I was photographing it, that I think it's a Luzula, from the hairy leaves and appearance of the flowers. Does anyone know which species it might be, or if not a Luzula, what it is? Many thanks in advance for clues to an old mystery.


Submitted by Howey on Mon, 05/27/2013 - 14:35

A while back I posted a picture of what I thought was a basal rosette of Calandrinia grandiflorus. Seems now, with all those buds waiting to spring open all down the stems (which are about a foot and a half tall and need "propping"}from those lovely big glaucus leaves, it looks more like Penstemon grandiflorus. The garden is full of surprises, eh? Fran

Re: Hebe ID needed

Submitted by Howey on Thu, 05/23/2013 - 16:18

Thanks, Mark. Here is another query - probably Dave in New Zealand can help with this. Last year I ordered Hebe epacredea from the seedex. This tiny plant germinated but didn't look like pictures I've seen of this "whipcord" hebe and I thought perhaps it hadn't been named correctly. However, now that it is up (only a couple of inches high), it has developed that "ropey" look of the whipcord and I'm wondering if this is its natural development. It sure looks like a whipcord now.

Unknown bristly, alternate leaved seedlings

Submitted by Lori S. on Sat, 05/04/2013 - 16:21

Does this look familiar to anyone? This plant came up in 3 pots (two labelled as Saxifraga spruneri which it clearly isn't), which may suggest it was something in the soil I reused from last year... or that I'm really messy at planting seeds! (Yikes, was I closing my eyes and just tossing them in the general direction of the pots? :rolleyes:)

Erythronium elegans?

Submitted by Gene Mirro on Sat, 04/27/2013 - 19:53

Erythronium elegans (?), both plants grown from the same lot of old wild-collected seed:
Yellow markings at base of petals:

No yellow markings:

Note that the foliage is a uniform dark green and has wavy edges, which is what E. elegans should have.