Since the beginning of May I have had the pleasure of working with a vast array of alpine plants. The collections here at Wisley are divided into areas of origin or requirements in the various service houses, before being put out on display. One plant which really took my fancy was Physoplexis comosa.

The tufted horned part of the name is relating to the protruding style and stigma of the flower (the female parts).

The stamens (male parts of the flower) are hidden and encased within the fused petals of the plant.

The various stages of flower development provide prolonged interest and to me, the display in full flower is something unique!

The plants have now gone dormant and have produced seed, which I recently collected and hope to sow soon to multiply the numbers of this fantastic plant!

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