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Laser trilobum PAB 3382

A recent collection of The Horse Caraway from Georgia, were it inhabited pine forest. Attractive compound blue-green foliage composed of rounded segments sits beneath loose white umbels of flower in summer. Height 60cm. Part shade. A lesser known spice, the seeds have a cumin-like aroma and are used widely in Turkey with the meat dish köfte.

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Ledebouria cooperi

Ledebouria cooperi

Dwarf clump forming bulb. Pinstriped leaves, heads of purple flowers like bunches of grapes. Sun, drainage, not too cold.

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Libertia chilensis Procera Group

Libertia chilensis Procera Group

A profusion of comparatively large 3 petalled white flowers hover above evergreen foliage in early summer on very tall stems to 120cm. Sun or part shade in well drained soil. Hardy here most winters, though the very coldest can set it back. The largest most striking plant in the genus.

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Libertia ixioides

Fans of olive green, orange tinted evergreen leaves. A mass of lovely small, pure-white flowers in early summer. Height 30cm. Striking foliage in cold weather. For a sunny site.

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Ligusticum lucidum

An excellent tough umbellifer with handsome very finely dissected airy green foliage and branched inflorescences of white umbels on stems to 120cm in summer. Sun, semi-shade, even very dry.

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Ligusticum scoticum (new)

Scotch Lovage. A native of NW Europe and NE America at higher latitudes, often near coasts and even on cliff tops, this tough perennial bears umbels of white flowers on dark stalks over broadly segmented thick textured glossy foliage in mid to late summer and reaches about 60cm in flower. All parts apart from the flowers are used culinarily.

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Lilium formosanum var. pricei (new)

An elegant species endemic to Taiwan with very narrow linear foliage and beautiful trumpet shaped flowers, pure white in the face, but striped purple on the reverse, seen in summer. To 45cm tall, for neutral to acid soil.

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Lilium mackliniae PAB 9327 (new)

A recent reintroduction from Manipur of the fabled 'Manipur lily', originally found by Kingdon-Ward on Mt Sirhoi, Manipur and named after his wife, this is a very beautiful species with stems up to about 50cm in cultivation, bearing pale white-pink bell like flowers, flushed a little darker. For a cool position in humusy soil.

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Lobelia tupa Tall form

Lobelia tupa Tall form

These are derived from a Jim Archibald collection which makes very tall plants. Striking orange-red to scarlet flowers produced en masse in summer over grey-green leaves. Height to 2m or more. A magnificent species from Chile, requiring sun and reasonable drainage. Totally hardy with me, even at -14c in the big freeze of Jan 2010 and, even worse, Dec 2010.

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Lunaria rediviva

Lunaria rediviva

This is a tall form of Perennial Honesty. Profuse lilac-white flowers over mid-green leaves in spring on a dense rounded plant of about 1.5m tall. Oval papery pods follow the flowers. For any normal soil conditions in sun or semi-shade. Lovely.

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Lunaria rediviva PAB 9877

A tall form of Perennial Honesty from Hungary reaching 1.5m. Profuse lilac-white flowers over mid-green leaves in spring. Oval papery pods follow the flowers. For any normal soil conditions in sun or semi-shade. Lovely.

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Lysimachia barystachys 'Huntingbrook'

A new cultivar, selected by me from Jimi Blake's garden, near Dublin. This makes healthy, vigorous, spreading clumps of slim vertical stems over 1m high in this form, topped by nodding, tapering heads of white flowers in late summer. This form was selected for its deep red stems and extra height, from a batch of seed raised plants from China.

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Lysimachia paridiformis var. paridiformis NJM 11.067 (new)

A new introduction (the first?) of the typical variety of this most handsome of ground cover perennials, from Guizhou, SW China, 2011. Four broadly obovate to elliptic leaflets per rosette with a boss of rich yellow flowers at their centres, on low stems to 30cm. Shade. Very different from the var. stenophylla, looking like a Paris out of flower.

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