10 responses to “Azorella trifurcata”

  1. Brent Hine

    I love these macro images of alpine/montane plants, they suit it so well.

    This accession has been problematic for us at the garden for a long time, though as noted we have now solved it. The plants called Bolax gummifera (Lam.) Spreng. and Azorella trifurcata (Gaertner) Hook. f. are very similar in many respects. Both are cushion plants belonging to Apiaceae, and both display rosetted growth forms.

    One of the key macro differences is in the flower colour. Whereas Azorella displays a yellowish coloured umbel, the umbels of Bolax are greenish-white. (see Encyclopedia of Alpines, Vol. 1 (A-K), pp. 158 and 178, respectively). The plant shown has bright yellow flowers in early summer.

  2. judy newton

    I too can not resist this plant. I always tell people that it feels like plastic. Both adults and children like to give it a gentle push with their hands. I also grow it in a container.

  3. Lois

    cushion plants, I would like to see a word search of explainations of plants I am unfamilar.
    I like certain plants but my understanding is lower than a Botinist.

  4. Daniel Mosquin

    I agree, a glossary would be quite handy, but it’d have to be something I could integrate so it works automagically. I’ll look into it.

    As for cushion plants, here’s a description with photographs. It’s a term describing the general growing habit of the plant, and not specific to any one particular group.

  5. Brent Hine

    A cushion plant is an informal term, not at all strictly botanical. Most familiar to alpine and rock gardeners, it describes a growth form which is classically alpine; that is, shaped by elemental forces into a (small) cushion, or bun shape. “Buns” is also quite informal – it too is used in alpine gardening circles to describe a small, dense, usually herbaceous alpine plant. A pat on the top of the plant is often followed by the exclamation “nice buns”..

  6. phillip lacock

    he he !

  7. passionmiss

    Great pic! Eye candy!

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  9. Steve Lingle

    Where can I find seeds for this plant?

  10. Lori Skulski

    This plant (Azorella trifurcata) has been hardy here in zone 3, Calgary, Alberta, over many years.

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