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Ivesia species are little known relatives of Potentilla known by the common name 'Mousetail'.
In general they are tap rooted herbaceous perennials, with many pilose, slender, fern-like leaves 3-18 inches long, sprouting from the base. These basal leaves are in some held upright in others loosely sprawling. The leaves have tiny lateral leaflets crowded in pairs along the leaf rib. These flexible slender leaves, with their densely packed overlapping leaflets can really look like mouse tails. Especially in the species Ivesia santolinoides. http://calphotos.berkeley.edu/cgi/img_query?enlarge=0000+0000+0709+1370
The flowers are, in many of the thirty species, clustered at the top of slender stems held just above the foliage in others they splay out around the crown. The hues of color range from white to bright yellow.
Most of the thirty species are found in far western states of OR, CA, NV, UT, ID, WA, CO, MT and AZ. Many have very limited distribution and therefore, concern is often voiced about the danger posed by developmental impacts on their ranges. The species occupy varied ecosystems from high alpine granitic screes and rock crevices, to vernally moist clay tables and ephemeral playas.
Miniature alpine and desert species would make good trough plants just for their unique foliage alone. Some of these include Ivesia rhypara, baileyi, webberi, cryptocaulis, pityocharis, longibracteata, lycopodioides, argyrocoma. The taller alpine and sub-alpine species hold their own in a larger rock garden setting with frilly foliage and nice airy displays of flowers. You may want to look for Ivesia tweedyi, gordonii, aperta or paniculata.


I grow Ivesia aperta var. canina, a rare variety found only in one valley of California. This Ivesia is known by the common name 'Dog Valley Ivesia' the valley is located in, Sierra County CA.

Ivesia gordonii is the most wide spread of the genus and is found at high elevations throughout the west. It is also one of the showest.

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Thank you John!
An almost unknown genus to me and an attractive one too!

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

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What an interesting genus!

I had someone want to trade seeds with me once, and she offered that rare Ivesia from Dog Valley.  We did swap seeds, but I didn't take her up on the Ivesia.  Many of those species are very intriguing!

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

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There are actually two rare Ivesia that grow in Dog Valley the other is Ivesia webberi. It is a tiny  low spreading plant with feathery foliage and tiny yellow flowers, displayed on thin wiry leaf and flower stalks.


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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These are very interesting!
I was wondering if there were synonyms for the genus name? Didn't come across any yet, and Alplains does not seem to have any seed..
I did find a couple more images here:

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

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