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Vella spinosa

Vella spinosa
Vella spinosa

Family brassicaceae
Life cycle perennial/subshrub
Flowers pale yellow (spring)
Size 8-12"
Light sun
Cultural notes well-drained soil

Native to Spain, so I had my doubts about its hardiness, but my plant made it through its first winter (one with sub-zero temperatures), so I'm hopeful it will be happy with our garden and climate conditions. As seedlings they looked like draba on steroids, with prominent hairs. The spines that the species epithet hints at didn't develop until later (I didn't notice them until spring of their second year).

Vella spinosa
Vella spinosa
Impressive spines

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '13 trade. Baggy 70F (2w; 14%G, 6d) - 35F (5w) - 70F (no G, 4w)

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