This is Bartsia alpina, a hemiparasite. It occurs in northern Europe but the only place in North America for this velvety beauty is northern Newfoundland.
Summer-time alpines...alpines of July
Todd, we sure are lucky that you chose DG to participate in. You bring so much more than just pretty pictures.
A sessile, toothed and opposite leafed Baptisia?
OOPS! - Baptisia, Bartsia. My eyes see what they want to see.
Sorry about that.
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Hi all! Newbie here- and your flowers are beautiful! I am not sure if where I am is really alpine- although I can grow them with a little supplemental moisture- we are high plains/foothills and lots of wind, very cold in winter- hot in summer. Most of my 'gardens' are really rock gardens, as that is what I have to work with and they all need to be 'horse proof', and most horses don't want to walk over rocks to eat something other than grass. Anyway- here is my still blooming Gaura coccinea- which I have in profusion all over our property and has become one of my favorites:
I really like Gaura coccinea! They grow in profusion along the (slightly disturbed edge of the) bike path through the semi-natural park I cycle through... wide range of pinks (in varying intensity) to orangey colors. I always plan to collect seed of the more vividly colored ones, but the strip right along the path always gets mowed while they're in full bloom!
Welcome to the forums, Kathy! Alpine or not, you're in better area than a lot of us (like me in Minnesota). Nice pic too. I'd never heard of Gaura coccinea before. To me, it looks a lot nicer than the gaura they sell as regular perennials (Gaura lindheimeri).
Todd, the limestones barrens shot is really interesting. As you probably thought, I had now idea.
I've seen pictures of Rhodiola rosea being more lax in the Alaskan landscape coastal-ish I think), producing the "king's crown" effect. Would that be due to the environment, or is it a different form from that of northern NL?
And is that a Betula nana in the Pyrola pic?
In the mountains here, Rhodiola rosea is never more than a (EDIT) couple of inches or so tall (see pic), and always appears red-flowered (although the flowers are sexually dimorphic somehow, with both red and yellow flowers, right?) In my trough, they are a robust 12" tall... multi-stemmed and yellow-flowered!
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Edit: Make that photoS! (I posted at the same time as other photos were coming up, LOL!)
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Well I can't even grow Onosma..they turn to mush in winter.
I've been waiting and waiting for Allium beesianum to flower. It was in bud for weeks, but it has finally turned blue! Bye the way, Todd, the Allium flavum mix that you kindly sent me seed of has flowered this year in lovely ocher, yellow, and peach shades. I'm amazed that bulbs grown from seed would flower so soon - they were like grains of rice when I planted them in the garden a few months ago.