The first cultivated auriculas were garden plants and it is from these early Border auriculas that all todays cultivars are descended. ‘Borders’ do not have to conform to a florist’s standard and are not grown for the perfection of the bloom but as clumps of flamboyant, muti-headed, sweet smelling plants suitable for the garden. Unfortunately over the years a number of cultivars that do not ‘make the grade’ as a florist’s flower have been placed in the Border category. Whilst we may keep such plants for the completeness of our National Collection® we do not promote these cultivars prefering to offer only those that we know from experience to be able to thrive outside.
With their common ancestry, the dividing line between Border P. auricula and P. x pubescens is often debated and where we offer a plant of the pubescens type with its smaller flowers on a smaller plant (more suitable for an Alpine trough) we annotate them as ‘(PT)’ in their description.
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