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Graham Rice Garden writer and plantsman Northamptonshire and Pennsylvania

Editor-in-Chief of the RHS Encyclopedia of Perennials; writer for a wide range of newspapers and magazines including The Garden and The Plantsman; member of the RHS Herbaceous Plant Committee and Floral Trials Committee; author of many books on plants and gardens.

  • Date Joined: 18 Oct 2006

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New ligularias on the way

Posted by Graham Rice on 19 Sep 2008 at 08:51 AM

I just thought you might like to see a glimpse of these new ligularias on the way from Canada. Raised at Les Jardins Osiris in Quebec, these ligularias have been selected for their extraordinary range of foliage colours and patterns. They're unlike anything I've ever seen though I'm not sure that all those in the picture will ever be introduced,

So far only one is available here in Britain, ‘Osiris Fantasie' (second row, far right), with two more on the way. Look out for them.

Ligularia ‘Osiris Fantasie' is available from these RHS Plant Finder nurseries.



Foxnfirefly said:

Wow, those are fantastic!!  Is there a reason why you think that most of these may never be introduced??  With the many range of heucheras crowding the market now, I wouldn't hold my breath.  Thanks for the interesting news break, Mr. Rice!!

on 21 Sep 2008 at 02:25 AM

Graham Rice said:

Well, this is a snapshot of the breeder's work in progress and it's not only the foliage pattern which is important when selecting which varieties to introduce. Vigour, tolerance of dry conditions, flower quality and other factors also have to be taken into account.

on 24 Sep 2008 at 03:47 PM