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The wooly and the spiky

Tuesday 9 March 2010 - Filed under Nurseries + Plants

Cistus nursery
I was just talking this weekend about how sad it is that not everyone gets to live a short drive drive from Cistus Nursery – a mecca for foliage lovers. How about a look at some more of the plants from my visit a couple weeks ago? I just wish there was a way that you could feel how soft the felted leaves were on all these fuzzy plants.

Cheilanthes tomentosa (wooly lip fern)
This fern’s common name is the Wooly Lip Fern, or Cheilanthes tomentosa. Really. Look at the tag below.

Wooly lip fern

Pyrrosia hastata (felt fern)
And then there’s the felt fern, Pyrrosia hastata.

kalanchoe beharensis
Super soft kalanchoe beharensis.

Red leaved velvet senecio (Senecio cristobalensis).

sempervivum ciliosum
Sempervivum cilosum, one of the fuzzy ones.

The cactus is somewhere in between wooly and spiky. I didn’t catch the name on this one.

Puya berteroniana
Suddenly Puyas are catching my eye. This Puya berteroniana claims to be hardy to at least 10 degrees F, which should be fine in zone 8 with good drainage. Orange spikes on the leaf edges, plus it gets green flowers.

Impatiens omeiana 'Silver Pink'
Impatiens omeiana ‘Silver Pink’ has leaves edged with tiny spikes. I’m on the hunt for the non-pink variety of this plant, which I didn’t see at the nursery, but I did see on the Cistus website for mail order.

x Mangave Bloodspot
A hybrid between an unknown Manfreda and Agave produced x Mangave Bloodspot, with red teeth along the leaves and liberal red spots.

Yucca faxoniana
Yucca faxoniana with those handsome fibers. Very charming.

Mystery plant
And a mystery plant, this grass like guy was planted in the very front display garden. It was especially bright and glowy backlit by the sun.

Echium 'Star of Madeira'
Having seen my first echium in the Portland area in the Danger Garden, I knew I had to have one this year, so E. ‘Star of Madeira’ practically jumped into my card when I walked by.

2010-03-09  »  megan

Talkback x 7

  1. tina
    9 March 2010 @ 8:26 am

    Oh to live in the NW must be such a treat for gardeners. You all have the coolest things. I actually ordered from Cistus two years ago. They had a blue impatien (wild one I believe). I spent more on the shipping than the two plants. lol Sadly they did not come back last year but oh well. I bet this nursery would be fun to visit. Those ferns are really cool.

  2. Loree / danger garden
    9 March 2010 @ 10:50 am

    Love the title of this post! I’m finding myself strangely attracted to woolly things this year, verbascum for example. And of course there is the constant attraction to the spiky. Thus “the woolly and the spiky” could be the new subtitle for my blog….had you not thought it up first.
    I must have been blinded by the agaves and totally missed that Puya (or maybe it was guilt over how much I was already spending), it should have came home with me! I’m so glad you got the Echium. Mine came inside last night “just in case” but it only got down to 33 here so I suppose it would have been ok left out…but I am not taking chances. (thanks for the link!)

  3. ricki - sprig to twig
    9 March 2010 @ 12:18 pm

    I have never been to Cistus and failed to stumble upon something that stopped me in my tracks. Dangerous place.

  4. Urban Eden
    9 March 2010 @ 6:04 pm

    Your mystery plant is Libertia peregrinans. The more sun and the less water it gets, the more orange it stays. “Baby” it and it turns greener. Here in the bay area it runs & doesn’t stay in that tidy looking clump – dunno what it would do in PDX!

  5. Grace
    9 March 2010 @ 6:26 pm

    Hi Loree~~ It was either you or Megan that wrote last week about predictions of lowering temperatures, which I quickly [and rudely] eschewed. Well here we are and Brrrrr….! No snow here but a bit of icy stuff on the windshield this morning. So you [or Megan] were right. :)

    Anyway the mystery plant is Libertia. I’m not sure of the species/cultivar but a quick Google will solve that mystery.

    I love the woolly lip. Thank you for this tour. I wanna see more!!

  6. Grace
    9 March 2010 @ 6:27 pm

    sorry for the name mix up. I are smart.

  7. Darla
    10 March 2010 @ 2:42 am

    What interesting plants you have share today…enjoyed this stroll very much.