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Please keep in mind that several Botanical Saxifrages are listed under the Cultivars due to the RCRA (International Cultivar Registration Authority) which state that some plants can be given a fancy name when they are a special selection of the wild species. For example a beautiful tight and small burseriana collected on the Mangart,which is listed under the cultivars as burseriana 'Mangart'. So without the X before burseriana.
Some basics about Botanical Saxifrages
Botanical Saxifrages or Species are plants from nature,growing in the mountain areas. In nature when species grow close together they can cross with each other and form a wild hybrid and some of them we grow aswell. Also due to changing conditions in habitats species can look 'different' depending on the area they grow. For example the same plant can look different when it grows on a more open slope with more harsh weather. Growth can be slower,color darker,smaller in all parts,flower color can differ due to lesser light.
So Botanical Saxifrages are very interesting to observe and to grow,but keep in mind.....most do not flower as well as Cultivars wich are man made crosses, coming from species and later on also cultivars crossed with cultivars. Due to the different environmental conditions. But species like burseriana and marginata for example can flower very well! We also tell you in our descriptions if they flower a bit less in our lowland gardens.
Also most Botanical species are more difficult to grow than Cultivars,not all but there are some species which need much more attention to grow well,or just can be grown in a alpine-house. But we always give you good description about the growing conditions. But for most Alpine-lovers this is the ultimate challenge!
And for us it's also a challenge,so keep in mind that some Botanical Saxifrages are just in low numbers in stock for they are slow and difficult to propagate even for us! We also grow MORE Botanical Saxifrages than listed in the online-catalogue,because some are very tricky to grow and we just want to list Saxes we can offer on a regular base.
And an other point is that Botanical Saxifrages are 'Hot' over the last years,many rockgardeners make special small areas in their rockgarden for just Botanical alpine-plants which ofcourse is a real challenge!
All together it's a real challenge and a great satisfaction to grow Botanical Saxifrages is your alpine garden or alpine-house!
Happy scrolling in our Botanical Catalogue!
andersonii x poluniniana
caucasica collected on Mount Osten.
cinerea collected in Bhratangh
federici-augusti var. grisebachii
federici-augustii var. montenegrina
federici-augustii collected on the Crna Cora
ferdinandi-coburgi Pirin Form
ferdinandi-coburgi var. Rhodopea
ferdinandi-coburgii var radoslavoffii
specie or nm. wild collected in the Hidden Valley
MacBeath 1366 andersonii x poluniniana