Kelseya floral explosion :)http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w362/townsendia/random%20stuff/Kelse...
Wyethia scabra, a plant from the deserts of the southwest, but a population has found a home in the red soils of the pryor mountains, having migrated north through the basin of central Wyoming. I'll admit a certain fondness for these disheveled beauties:http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w362/townsendia/random%20stuff/wyeth...
Penstemon nitidus in a jumble of boulders:http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w362/townsendia/random%20stuff/rockg...
Another prickly poppy:http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w362/townsendia/random%20stuff/Prick...
Really great photos! I just want to work out how to transpose a little of the Pryor Mountains into my garden! A very large sand bed in the middle of the lawn? I need to reduce the rainfall by half and increase the light intensity and summer temperatures by 10°C - a glass covered bed might do it?
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.
Penstemon nitidus in the early spring is always a welcome sight. I love the clear blue against the gray of the foliage. I am happy to say it seeds around for me and is long lived were it's roots can reach a touch of extra moisture, from a near by drip emitter.
Kelseya how wonderful is that!! :o Excuse me for a minute while I wipe the drool from my chin. :-[ There that's better. ;) Your photos of it always get my heart racing. Are you ever able to collect seed or have you ever tried cuttings. The way it clings to the cliff walls is extraordinary, seems to defy gravity!!
And to top it all off, there's a photo of a very nice pink Castilleja angustifolia. I think the syn. is Castilleja chromosa any way that is what we call it. I have encountered pink ones before but we see more fiery reds, bright oranges and lemon yellows
From the High Desert Steppe
of the Great Basin and the Eastern
Escarpment of the Sierra Nevada Range
Located in Reno/Sparks,NV zone 6-7http://www.flickr.com/photos/sierrarainshadow/
John P Weiser
I was in the Bighorns this past July but didn't see anything like that Stanleya..impressive! I was impressed enough with the Frasera.
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
1800 mm precipitation per year
I was able to grow Mentzelia decapetala in western Oregon in a bed of sandy loam 10" deep, on the south side of the house. It's a big straggly thing, but it's one of my favorite plants. They are biennial here. But they set tons of seed. However, the seed is very tricky to germinate, at least in this climate. It will not self-sow in the sand bed. I haven't figured out yet what it wants. It likes to germinate in cool weather, but it's not reliable. It is extremely difficult to transplant out of a pot, because the big taproot doesn't hold the soil together.
Is it a coincidence that nearly all of my favorite plants are nearly impossible to grow?
SW Washington state, 600 ft. altitude
Kelseya is a very unique and spectacular plant. In the Big Belt mountains outside of Helena, it is very common. I've been collecting seed from it for 7 years now. It's difficult to get a good quantity not only because of the cliff-side habitat, but also because the tiny seed pods are embedded in the cushion. I basically have to wedge myself up against the cliff with one hand holding a coin envelop and the other massaging the cushion in order to free the seed pods. The seed germinates quite readily once frozen, but the seedlings grow very slow. I mean VERY slow. They are a good plant for tufa.
Here in the Big Belt mountains:http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w362/townsendia/random%20stuff/001-1...
A 4 year old plant in cultivation. A mere 3 inches in diameter, it bloomed last spring:http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w362/townsendia/Kelseya4yrs_zpse1e9e...
Most people in Montana are totally unfamiliar with Kelseya, although there is a local photographer who takes outstanding photos of them. Please visit his gallery, his photos do them justice: http://eyeinthewild.smugmug.com/Art/Earthscapes/Kelseya-uniflora/11666002_h3tMqk#!i=1273436543&k=qR6nm3X
Stanleya tomentosa is mostly a plant of the Pryor mountains, but it can be found in Northern Wyoming. You have to look for it in the BigHorn Basin. It is a desert species.
Gene- surely no coincidence- we've discussed before this inverse relationship between a plant's desirability and it's ease of cultivation!
John- interesting colour range you mention for Castilleja angustifolia- Alplains lists it this way: Castilleja angustifolia (Scrophulariaceae) (16x12,Z4,P,RL3:6w) ......................................... 100 seeds / $3.50 07832.18 (W) Butte Co., ID, 6800ft, 2073m. A spring-blooming sp. with gorgeous flower spikes in various purple, plum or pink shades. On alluvial plains of gravelly, loamy soils.
Must be a regional difference..
Brian- 3 inches in 4 years is not as bad as I thought when I heard very slow- though of course it is slow when one is wanting one of those great cushions ;D is it amenable to transplanting of seedlings or plants several years old? (just thinking once a person had one growing, they'd want to take it along if they moved!)
west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/
Thanks for the site, Brian. What fabulous pictures of Kelseya. I rmember seeing a cliffside with huge cushions of Kelseya in the Big Horns - unfortunately not totally in bloom.
Cohan Mark Egger is one of the leading authorities on many of the genera included in Orobanchaceae. He maintains an extensive collection of photos on his Flickr sight. You can find it at:http://www.flickr.com/photos/34090482@N03
The sets concerning Castilleja angustifolia and Castilleja chromosa are here:http://www.flickr.com/photos/mark_egger_castilleja/sets/72157618126246340/http://www.flickr.com/photos/mark_egger_castilleja/sets/72157622958231623/http://www.flickr.com/photos/mark_egger_castilleja/sets/72157623099443080/http://www.flickr.com/photos/mark_egger_castilleja/sets/72157623092414012/http://www.flickr.com/photos/mark_egger_castilleja/sets/72157622936648115/http://www.flickr.com/photos/mark_egger_castilleja/sets/72157622992818505/
I hope this clears up some of the confusion. The reason I stated that Castilleja angustifolia and Castilleja chromosa were synonymous was from my experiences with the Jepson Manual used in California. I guess I was assuming that the same held true across the west. I was wrong. :rolleyes:
It's always nice to know were to find an expert. I hope you enjoy his Flickr sight It's a great resource.
Kelseya grows very well in pots, as long as the roots stay cool. This would be the best way for a person who anticipates a move. Once the plants are established in the rock garden, I don't think they can be transplanted.
Kelseya is always a plant worth seeking out. A photo of me in the cliffs:http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w362/townsendia/kelseyaandi_zps607a1...
I find myself anticipating spring more and more...http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w362/townsendia/cottonballinbud_zpse...