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Im looking for a pretty rare sub-shrub and wondered if any of you might know where i can get one


By Badfish

United Kingdom Gb

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Im looking for a pretty rare sub-shrub and wondered if any of you might know where i can get one. It's called Maltkia suffruticosa and is usually grown in rock gardens. I've googled it but no where seems to stock it....even the RHS plantfinder drew a blank.
Any suggestions, it's a stunning plant

Many thanks




i have a number of rhs and other books/encyclopedias and i cannot find it listed. are you sure of your spelling?

6 Feb, 2014


Is this an old name for the plant, Badfish, that has since been 'revised'. The name means nothing to me and a search in 'IPNI Plant Names' couldn't find a match. Similarly, The Kew ePIC site could not match it.

6 Feb, 2014 it and then go to google images. It's a small sub shrub with beautiful tubular blue flowers. I've had it in my garden before but lost it some years ago for whatever reason.

6 Feb, 2014


Hi Badfish, have a look for Lithodora graminifolia, I think this might be what you're looking for, Derek.

6 Feb, 2014


Derek, i grow Lithodora and it's not that. Maltkia is from the boraginacae family and has tubular blue flowers

6 Feb, 2014


It is MOLTKIA not Maltkia which is why it does not show up on searches.
It used to be called Lithodora graminifolia and Lithospermum graminifolium, but is now accepted as Moltkia suffruticosum.
Perhaps you will need to go and collect seeds in the Apuan Alps.
Cannot find anyone selling it in Britain.
Was listed by these a few years back

6 Feb, 2014


Moltkia suffruitcosa
I wonder if you contacted the Alpine Garden Society as they mention the above named plant on their web site.
Also google Green Plant Shop they may also be able to help you obtain the plant.
It looks a lovely plant.

6 Feb, 2014


Hi Badfish, Moltkia suffruticosum is synonymous with Lithodora graminifolia, and Lithospermum graminifolia, Derek.

6 Feb, 2014


I have found the seeds on Amazon.

6 Feb, 2014


Thank you everyone, ordered M. petreae from Amazon as Michaella suggested.

7 Feb, 2014


I have just pm'd you with the details of Aberconwy Nursery who sell the plant. Received their catalogue this morning.

7 Feb, 2014

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