The most striking plant in the Tromsø Arctic-Alpine Botanical Garden on Monday was undoubtedly Meconopsis punicea, a plant that doesn’t like temperatures over 20C and a very minor edible – Meconopsis seed are oil rich! Here’s a short video clip….
Brynhild Mørkved has over the years collected forms of Allium victorialis from over it’s range – the Alps, Caucasus, Japan and the Kola peninsula in North West Russia. The main reason has been to try and determine where the naturalised populations in the Lofoten Islands originate as this isn’t a native plant in Norway. I tell the story of the Lofoten victory onions in full in my book Around the World in 80 plants http://www.edimentals.com/blog/?page_id=30
A Swedish PhD thesis concludes that there is large variation in the properties of horseradish found in plant collections in the Nordic countries (old naturalised and garden accessions). The diversity is large both in chemical content, form and appearance and DNA. This is somewhat surprising for a vegetatively propagated plant!
English thesis summary