Botanical Name: Ourisia macrophylla Snowflake
Common Name: Mountain Foxglove
Category: Hardy Perennial
Seed Count: 200
Ourisia macrophylla Snowflake – This rare and lovely herbaceous perennial is breathtaking, especially when happy in a moist, light shaded position. From the mountains of New Zealand, this foxglove relative makes a succulent like spreading carpet of dark green, rounded almost foxglove like leaves. Dense sprays of white tubular, Mimulus like flowers are held in candelabra type whorls above the carpet of foliage during spring summer. Enjoys moist shaded position in humus rich soil. 60cm x 45cm.
Ourisia seed can be sown at any time. Sow seed into good quality compost or seed raising mix. Cover with river sand or compost to seeds own depth. If sown in seed trays outdoors germination may not occur until dormancy is broken by a period of chilling. (Winter) To hasten process place seed in a moist seed tray and in a polythene bag and placed in fridge at 4 degrees C for 4 weeks. Then remove from fridge and polythene bag and place outside in an unheated poly house or plunge them to the rims in a shady part of the garden and cover with class or clear plastic. Do not discard seed. Seed is very irregular to germinate but should germinate over the spring summer, transplant each one when large enough to handle in their own pot.