Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Red Lady's Fingers

Anthyllis vulneraria var. coccinea

Very interesting little plant that I purchased last year, love the intense color. Really stands out in the bed. Planted it by the street on the edge of the front garden. I do not remember where I purchased it at (probably Portland Nursery) but it is from Rock Stars. A company that is bringing Alpines to the masses, I have a number of them and having very good luck with them. They are the perfect match to put with sedums and other ground covers.

Also known as Red Kidney Vetch. An easy-to-grow alpine or rock garden plant, this forms a low mound of downy silvery-green leaves, bearing claw-shaped clusters of orangy red pea flowers in early summer. Blooming continues for many weeks, particularly in cool summer regions. Tolerates poor soil and dry locations well, once established. Nice for edging dry and sunny borders, also useful in containers. Plants usually self seed around gently: move seedlings to a new location while small, if desired. Credit to Rock Stars website for the info.

USDA hardiness zone 4 to zone 9

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