Ipomopsis congesta ssp. montana

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Ipomopsis congesta ssp. montana

One of the smaller representatives of the genus is Ipomopsis congesta with up to eight subspecies found across western North America.

One of the choicest of these is subspecies montana. It is found at high altitude along the Sierra Nevada Range. From 7000' -12,000' in elevation on lose well drained granite screes. The gray/green fuzzy buns are no more than 1/2" tall and about 2-3"across in their first year. In flower, their second year, the buns are studded with 1" balls of tiny pink flowers tipped with blue anthers.

This would be a great addition to a raised trough since you have the get up and personal to see the details.

I have had luck getting it to reseed on a scree bed.


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Very cute- is it a pale pink that doesn't show in the photo?

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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Is that one of your plants, John?  Impressively captivating!  :o

I just love blue anthers.  ;D

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

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cohan wrote:

Very cute- is it a pale pink that doesn't show in the photo?

I guess A more precise description would have been white or pale pink. It all depends on the plant.


Is that one of your plants, John?

Yes it was growing in one of my scree beds.

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 http://www.flickr.com/photos/sierrarainshadow/ John P Weiser

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