There were many scintillating alpines on view in both the alpine houses at Wisley a week ago. I'm sure I shall post images of many more over the weeks but for starters there were a number of Primula allionii varieties. A native of the southernmost range of the alps, between France and Italy, they breed freely from seed, forming a varied group of cultivars. They are noted for the brightly coloured flowers that perch just above the foliage. There's an interesting article on the plants by Jim Jerbyn, a man who knows both plants and the alps.
|Primula allionii "Gavin Brown"|
|Primula allionii "Julia"|
|Primula allionii "Emily Charlotte"|
|Primula allionii "Apple Blossom x Crowsley Variety"|
|Primula allionii "Stephen"|
|Primula allionii "Little O"|