Alpine Plants of North America: An Encyclopedia of Mountain Flowers from the Rockies to Alaska

Alpine Plants of North America: An Encyclopedia of Mountain Flowers from the Rockies to Alaska

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ISBN-13: 9780881925487
Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/06/2002
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 7.66(w) x 10.62(h) x 1.05(d)

About the Author


Respected British nurseryman Graham Nicholls, who draws upon nearly half a century's experience in growing alpine plants, has enjoyed particular recognition for his cultivation of award-winning dwarf campanulas. He has won several gold medals at Alpine Garden Society (AGS) shows and is a three-time recipient of the prestigious Farrer Medal. Now a national judge for the AGS, he lectures regularly in the United Kingdom and the United States. He has contributed to the journals of the AGS (The Alpine Gardener) and the North American Rock Garden Society (Rock Garden Quarterly), and in 2002 he published lpine Plants of North America: An Encyclopedia of Mountain Flowers from the Rockies to Alaska (Timber Press).

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What is an alpine plant? In the strictest botanical sense it is any plant that grows above the tree line in subalpine and alpine zones in mountainous regions. Owing to the harsh conditions that exist in arctic areas like Alaska, not all alpinelike, treeless habitats are mountainous. Furthermore, a large number of plants that grow below the tree line are just as attractive and as suitable for growing in an alpine or rock garden as the true alpines; such plants may come from habitats ranging from woodland to desert. Even though some can be fairly tall it is generally accepted that to be classed as an alpine plant in the horticultural sense they have to be small, no taller than 30-40 cm (12-15 3/4 in.) high. Although many plants I describe in this book orginate in true alpine areas, others are alpines only in the horticultural sense. Those in the horticultural category can be just as difficult to cultivate successfully as the true alpine plant because of the conditions (such as high light levels and the type of rock in the soil) that exist in their natural habitat. Most plants I discuss in theis book do grow at least a few thousand feet above sea level, but as I point out in the Introduction, a wide range of factors govern the growth of alpine plants.

I have been growing alpines from all parts of the world for over 40 years, but my first trip to the western United States in 1982 sold me on western alpines. Cultivating these wonderful plants has become part of my life ever since. I exhibit them at Alpine Garden Society shows, which means they have to be cultivated to a high standard. In attempting to meet these standards I have learned propagation and growing techniques not available in many books. In addition, since I am a nursery, specializing in North American alpines, I have been able to study and grow many more genera than I otherwise would have.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword by Bobby Ward
Preface
Introduction: Principle Alpine Habitats of Western North America

Encyclopedia of Mountain Flowers from the Rockies to Alaska

Androsace
Anemone
Aquilegia
Astragalus
Calyptridium
Campanula
Castilleja
Claytonia
Collomia
Delphinium
Dicentra
Dodecatheon
Douglasia
Draba
Dryas
Epilobium
Erigeron
Eriogonum
Eritrichium
Gentiana
Gilia
Hulsea
Hymenoxys
Ivesia
Keckiella
Kelseya
Lepidium
Leptodactylon
Lesquerella
Lewisia
Lupinus
Monardella
Oxytropis
Paronychia
Penstemon
Petrophytum
Phacelia
Phlox
Physaria
Polemonium
Primula
Pulsatilla
Ranunculus
Saxifraga
Scutellaria
Shoshonea
Silene
Synthyris
Talinum
Telesonix
Townsendia
Trifolium
Viola
Zauschneria

Cultivation
Glossary
Appendix 1 Alpine Plant Distribution by State
Appendix 2 Societies and Mail-Order Sources
Bibliography
Index

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