Alpine Collomia


Collomia debilis
POLEMONIACEAE, The Phlox family

This plant has already been featured as plant of the day, but I am so taken by it that I must write about it again. The resilience and persistence of these tiny plants growing in such harsh conditions is amazing to me. They are so efficient, so tough and yet they are also beautiful and delicate looking.

All of the growing, blooming and seed-making these little plants do during the year must be completed in a few months. Luckily they have the speed demon hummingbirds to help accomplish their tasks.

This particular Collomia was growing on Old Snowy Mountain in Goat Rocks Wilderness, at around 7200 ft. elev.

“Perhaps his Rock Garden is the greatest of his undertakings. With aeons of time at his disposal, he spared ho efforts to have this garden perfect and so he has given us the unique possession of a garden where one may climb from summer back to spring and even to the very edge of winter in the short space of a single hour.”

Annora Brown, Old Man’s Garden, 1954

About Mulysa

I love my work as a landscape designer and artist. When I'm not planning homesteads or working in the studio, you'll find me hiking, photographing, gardening, baking, cooking vegetarian meals with friends, reading and working on sustainability issues...with my baby on my hip in Portland, Oregon.
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