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Spotty Cotty

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  1. Palustris

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    So, Kindred Spirit, if you would be so kind, is this Spotty Cotty, please.
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    And any ideas as to which one this is?
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      I know it isn't going by the leaves, but that first photo flowers are like London Pride.
       
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      Well, London Pride IS as Saxifrage after all.
       
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        I'd say the first pic is Spotty Cotty (but I'm NOT an expert).

        The second flower, I don't know. I think a lot of these plants are like tins of paint. There's a new name every year but the shade of paint is the same. You haven't a sideways-on pic of it, have you?

        I can highly recommend Spotty Cotty. Long lasting flowers. People usually don't see the pink dots until I tell them to get up close and personal with it, then they're oooohing and aaahing.
         
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        Thanks. At least I can pot some of the Spotty up now to take with us, if we ever move.
         
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        Sorry about the delay with a picture of the second unknown Saxifrage.
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        This is a self seeded one with very spotted flowers.
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        and this is one of my favourites. Sadly the label has long gone.
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          Good morning @Palustris

          The first one is a pyramidal Saxifrage, Saxifraga Cotyledon species but which particular variant name, I don't know. Flower spike can sometimes get to two feet high. There's Southside Seedling and any number of variants of that. It looks like one of the types from the Pyrenees but I could be wrong.

          The second one you should patent. Can I suggest a name? Well, it would be "Chicken pox". :) I think it's brilliant and you could sell them to a nursery.

          And the third one. Is that a mossy saxifrage? Hard to pick out from the pic.

          I really think that second one is brilliant.

          The expert on Saxifrages (and he holds a national collection) is Adrian Young in Waterperry, Wheatley, Oxon. He can name every one. Have you been there? They have an open saxifraga day in March every year.
           
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          The last one is definitely a silver Saxifrage, not a mossy.
          I thought the pure white one was a S. cotyledon too, but which one? I have had a lot of them over the years, most now with lost labels.
          Been trying to find a cultivar with heavy spotting like that for comparison.
          We went to Waterperry two years ago. Rather disappointed to be honest. A long way to drive from here and the plants were, to me, at least, very poor.
           
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          I'd probably agree with you about Waterperry's display (although I haven't gone there on Saxifrage day) but he does know his saxifrages.

          The best guy, I've found personally, for buying Saxifrages from is Dr. Steve Furness in the Alpine Plant Centre in Derbyshire. I still think the whole thing, however, is like buying tins of paint each year. :) :)
           

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