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Draba lasiocarpa var. compacta

Draba lasiocarpa var. compacta

Synonym(s) Draba aizoon var. athoa; Draba athoa
Family brassicaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z6)
Flowers yellow (spring)
Size 4-6"
Light sun
Cultural notes well-drained soil
From seed germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below

Species from southeastern Europe. Soft-spiny leaves form dense rosettes, with flowers held slightly above in spring. My experience with raising draba from seed is mixed – they nearly always germinate easily, but keeping them alive through a full season of summer hot and winter cold/wet is a challenge. On my second attempt with this species, I got a couple of plants to survive their first winter. They were among the earliest flowers to bloom in spring, but their yellow flowers weren't particularly showy. I do like the foliage texture, especially up close. Compared toD. aizoides, which was the first species in the genus we grew, the flowers are held up higher above the tufts of leaves.

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from NARGS '08/'09 exchange. Baggy 70F (81%G, 5-8d)
  2. Same seed as above, cold-stored in interim. Baggy 70F (72%G, 5-8d)

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