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PlantFiles: Vella
Vella spinosa

Family: Brassicaceae (brass-ih-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Vella (VEL-luh) (Info)
Species: spinosa (spy-NO-suh) (Info)

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral altagardener On Nov 9, 2008, altagardener from Calgary, AB (Zone 3b) wrote:

According to, this species is a sub-shrub, native to montane-to-subalpine rocky slopes of the Sierra Nevada of Spain.

The flower stems project through a canopy of spines, which protect the softer foliage below.

The pictured plant has come through one zone 3 winter, to this point, in Alberta, Canada.

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