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Here is an excellent plant for a hot dry position in a raised bed or wall.

This has been a great success with me in the corner of this raised bed.

It has one or two arrow-shaped radical leaves, from which appear inconspicuous flowers, each of which has a long brown tail, which waves above the foliage in the slightest breeze, looking just like the rear end of a mouse scurrying into the undergrowth. Although not a beautiful plant, it has a charming curiosity, especially with children; hence its common name of “Mouse plant”.

Flowers from March to April, and attains a height of about 9 I received it in a pot, as a well rooted cutting, from David Davis and Terry Nichols on one of my many visits to their immaculate garden in Hall Green, Birmingham.

Maybe I have been in the wrong gardens, or possibly the right gardens at the wrong time, but it is also a fact that there are very few decent pictures of it on the internet, and also very little information.

Relatives and friends who see this in flower always ask for a cutting or inquire where they can get it.

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This is a most delicate and lovely little plant from the woodlands of Missouri, typically seen in the wild on wooded slopes and ridges.The general description of the plant then follows, with perhaps notes on cultivation, country of origin, height and propagation.If any such notes ar omitted, thoes given under the previous entry apply.It is indeed a most attractive plant, with neat silvery mats of grey-green downy foliage, which in the summer is covered in abundance with deep pink cloverheads.It prefers a well drained, dry position in full sun and flowers through the summer.

This is a most delicate and lovely little plant from the woodlands of Missouri, typically seen in the wild on wooded slopes and ridges.The general description of the plant then follows, with perhaps notes on cultivation, country of origin, height and propagation.If any such notes ar omitted, thoes given under the previous entry apply.It is indeed a most attractive plant, with neat silvery mats of grey-green downy foliage, which in the summer is covered in abundance with deep pink cloverheads.It prefers a well drained, dry position in full sun and flowers through the summer.I have grouped the genera together, and after the plant name; in italics, is the family to which the genus belongs.