Fjellsmelle, Moss Campion (Silene acaulis), a real cushion plant

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Hoy
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Fjellsmelle, Moss Campion (Silene acaulis), a real cushion plant

From low altitudes to high peaks you can find this charming plant on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean and through Asia.

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The best Silene acaulis we have encountered in the wild - at the top of the Boe cable car above Corvara in the Dolomites.  Arrived home from Corvara at 2am this morning after a wonderfully floral two weeks, the highlight of which was a sighting of Campanula morettiana AND Physoplexis comosa in full, glorious bloom in the same crevice.

Cliff Booker A.K.A. Ranunculus
On the moors in Lancashire, U.K.
Usually wet, often windy, sometimes cold ... and that's just me!

Hoy
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Booker wrote:

The best Silene acaulis we have encountered in the wild - at the top of the Boe cable car above Corvara in the Dolomites.  Arrived home from Corvara at 2am this morning after a wonderfully floral two weeks, the highlight of which was a sighting of Campanula morettiana AND Physoplexis comosa in full, glorious bloom in the same crevice.

You lucky man!

I could't build a better rock garden if I tried!

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

Lori S.
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That is spectacular, Cliff!  Can't wait for you to get rested up so you can share the sights (we hope)!

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

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I'm green with envy Cliff.

I am currently in western Newfoundland, getting pictures of our bizarre serpentine landscape to include in my 8th International Meeting talk.  Silene acaulis is one of the few native plants that can tolerate serpentine soil.  Ours are pale pink, more like those Trond shows...not the intense pink of the Dolomites.

Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Zone 5b
1800 mm precipitation per year

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