Hablitzia accession overview 2019
The following gives an overview of the sources of Hablitzia I know of (if I’ve missed any, please let me know!)
- My oldest plant is 17 years old and came from Sweden (unknown background)
- Jonathan Bates received his plants from a German Botanical Garden. I contacted the German garden, but no reply. I think Jon and Eric Toensmeier lost theirs….
- Justin West collected seed in the wild in Armenia. He struggled with them in New York and lost them before moving west.
- Tycho Holcomb and Karoline Nolsø Aaen in Denmark collected one accession in Georgia (found at the entrance to a cave)
- I received wild collected seed from botanist Sergey Banketov in the Russian Caucasus (near Pyatigorsk)
- I have one plant from the only relic Norwegian plant at Hadsel in Northern Norway
- I received seed of plants from two relic Swedish locations
- I received seed from about 5 relic plants in Finland and Estonia
- I was given seed from a plant at the Uppsala Botanical Garden in Sweden in 2009.
- I also received seed from a Swedish herb nursery (pre-1970, unknown source).
- I’ve seen plants of unknown origin in the following botanical gardens: Gothenburg
- Chelsea Physic Garden (London)
- I have one accession from Arche Noah (Austria) – unknown source
Seed of many of these have been deposited with Nordgen (Nordic Genebank) who funded some of the collection work that I did. However, they have struggled with regenerating new seed of the different varieties as it seems you need more than one type to produce seed.
I’ve sent cuttings from several of my plants to Ronny Staquet of Wallogreen in Belgium. I have about 10 accessions in my garden, but they self-sow readily and have become mixed up in one place where I had several plants growing close together.