Eritrichium aretioides

Boraginaceae

 

Habitat: sunny places

 

Soil: gritty, well drained

 

Height: 8 cm

 

Flowering: mid to late summer

 

Width: 25 cm

           


           

This is a genus that includes some of the most wonderful alpine plants of all. Dense, silvery hairy cushions carry masses of short-stemmed, pure sky blue forget-me-not flowers. The down side is that they can be very tricky to grow; but well worth very effort.

Eritrichium aretioides is related to the fabled European 'King of the Alps', but comes from far away - Arctic Russia, Siberia and Alaska, where it grows at low altitudes, even right by the sea. It makes dense cushions of silvery leaves, covered (if you are a good grower, and lucky) with lovely sky blue flowers.
EAX-9
9 cm pot £4.00

Eritricium - some other suggestions
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