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Phyllodoce aleutica (Spreng.) Heller

Modern name

Phyllodoce aleutica (Spreng.) A. Heller


Menziesia aleutica Spreng.; Bryanthus aleuticus (Spreng.) A. Gray; Phyllodoce pallasiana D. Don

A dwarf evergreen shrub 5 to 9 in. high, the young shoots entirely hidden by the leaves. Leaves linear, tapered at the base, bluntish at the apex, finely toothed, 38 in. long, 116 in. wide, bright green above, yellowish-green beneath with a white line down the centre; very shortly stalked. Flowers nodding, each on a downy glandular stalk 12 to 112 in. long, several of them produced in May near the top of the shoot. Corolla yellowish white, corrugated, pitcher-shaped, 14 in. wide, contracted at the top to an orifice 116 in. wide; stamens enclosed in the corolla, their stalks white, glabrous; anthers pink; ovary globose, glandular; style glabrous. Sepals five, lanceolate, pointed, 18 in. long, pale at the margins, very hairy where they join the stalk. Bot. Mag., n.s., t. 496.

Native of Japan, Sakhalin, the Kuriles, the Aleutians, and W. Alaska; described in 1825, but always rare in cultivation. It is allied to P. glanduliflora, which takes its place in north-western N. America. Suitable for a cool damp spot in the rock garden and a pretty plant, though scarcely equal in beauty to P. breweri, P. nipponica or P. × intermedia. It received an Award of Merit when shown by Messrs Marchant in 1939. A plant in their nursery near Wimborne, Dorset, attained a width of 212 ft in only five years.



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