Brian, They are very special and exciting! Do you think the hairs help absorbing moisture during the cooler nights?
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!
Really amazing plants, Brian :) I've seen some on the SRGC forum and or IRG magazine? before, and loved them then; both forms you show are stunning! I think Alplains was offering some fuzzy spathulata, presumably not as fuzzy as these?
west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/
I'd like to show also my plants of Townsendia spathulata known as 'CottonBall'. I got it from NARGS seed exchange; now it's growing in different spots in my garden - first in small though in full sun, second in rock garden under the roof overhang, third in polycarbonate alpine house. I find then not difficult in such conditions, bu also not too easy. In open garden in my climate in western Poland they would be difficult to keep because of moist autumns and winters. Now, when going dormant they are definitely more like small wooly balls - on photos in intensive growth period they are less compact and wooly.
Grat plants, thanks for showing them :)
Wonderful plants, Michael!It's interesting how the flower forms vary between the Pryor Mt. ones and the others.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm