Monday, March 22, 2010
These may not be the showiest in the garden right now, but how moving it is, so early in the season, to come across these little plants from the Crassula family. Rhodiola is often lumped in with Sedum, but is in fact a separate genus of about 50 species of fleshy perennials with rhizomatous roots.
I wish I could name the species that I grow, but at the moment I have no record of them and my memory fails me completely. The one with the remarkable red/purple buds was a gift from a friend and this I must identify the next time I meet up with this generous donor. The other two I grew from seed from the Ontario Rock Garden and Hardy Plant Society seed exchange and they too could eventually be identified. But even though I'm not on first name terms with these hardy little plants they have lifted my spirits with their determined return.