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Acaena - Rósalauf

The genus Acaena belongs to the family Rosaceae. It's native to the southern hemisphere, mainly New-Zealand, Australia and S-America. The species are low growing herbaceous plants or subshrubs with tiny leaves resembling rose leaves. Many are beautiful groundcovers with colorful foliage e.g. bluegreen or bronze.


Achillea - Vallhumlar
Achillea  - Yarrows

The genus Achillea belongs to the family Asteraceae. Their defining characteristics are finely divided, aromatic leaves and clusters of small composite flowers. The genus contains around 150 species native to Euope, N-Asia and N-America. A number of garden cultivars are available in a variety of colours.


Achillea 'Summer Berries'

Acinos is a small genus of around 10 species belonging to the Lamiaceae family native to S-Europe and W-Asia. These are low growing plants that need a sunny spot and well drained soil. Acinos is derived from the Greek word akinos which means small, fragrant plant.


Aconitum x cammarum 'Bicolor'
Aconitum - Monkshood

The genus Aconitum belongs to the family Ranunculaceae  and as with many other genera of that family Aconitums are poisonous. In fact most are so poisonous that one English common name is  "wolf's bane" and they were a popular way for  royalty of centuries past to get rid of their competition. Aconitums are hardy and can tolerate some shade, but too much shade can decrease flowering.  They prefer fertile, moist, yet well drained soil as most species are native to mountain meadows in the Northern hemisphere. 


Adenophora liliifolia
Adenophora - Ladybells

Adenophora is a genus in the family Campanulaceae  which very much resembles Campanulas. Most species are native to Asia with the exception of one, which grows in Europe.


Adenostyles alpina

Adenostyles is a genus in the family Asteraceae. It is a small genus of three species all native to the Alps. 


Acaena saccaticupula 'Blue Haze'
 Agastache - Giant hyssop

Agastache is a genus in the family Lamiaceae, with fragrant leaves  and long spikes of small flowers. There are about 22 species in the genus, all native to N-America, apart from one, which is native to E-Asia. They are popular garden plants in warmer climates as they attract butterflies and humming birds and a great variety of garden cultivars are available. They have little value in Icelandic gardens and are fairly tender.

Ajuga reptans 'Atropurpurea'
Ajuga - Bugleweed

Ajuga is a genus in the family Lamiaceae.  Species grown in gardens in Iceland are native to Europe. 


Alchemilla faeroense
Alchemilla - Lady's mantle

Alchemilla is a genus in the family Rosaceae.  They have ornamental foliage and although the flowers aren't very showy, the umbels of lime green flowers are great accents with other flower colours. Most species of the genus are native to northern Eurasia, but a few species are native to mountains in Africa and N-America. Three species are native to Iceland (*).


Allium aflatunense

Allium is a genus in the family Alliaceae. The genus includes onions grown for food, but also a number of decorative garden plants. It is a very large genus with close to 1000 species, most of which are native to the temperate regions of the northern hemisphere. 


Androsace carnea ssp. rosea
Androsace - Rockjasmine

The genus Androsace belongs to the family Primulaceae.  The genus contains around 100 species, all of which are high alpines which grow best in gritty soil in full sun. 


Anemone huphensis

Anemone is a genus in the buttercup family, Ranunculaceae, and bears a resemblance to buttercups. They grow mostly in northern regions and mountainous areas. Many are spring flowering or flower in early summer, but some flower later in the season, such as Anemone huphensis.


Aquilegia 'McKana's Giants'
Aquilegia - Columbines

Aquilegia is a genus in the family Ranunculaceae. They are  hardy plants that prefer fairly moist soil and semi-shade. However, the genus includes a few alpine plants that need full sun and well drained soil.

Arabis alpina ssp. caucasica
Arabis - Rockcress

The genus Arabis belongs to the family Brassicaceae. They are low growing alpines that grow in gritty soil. Most species are native to mountains in Europe and Asia.


Arenaria purpurascens
Arenaria - Sandworts

Arenaria is a large genus in the family Caryophyllaceae. They are low growing plants that grow in sandy soils.


Armeria maritima 'Splendens'
Armeria - Sea pinks

Armeria is a genus in the Plumbaginaceae family. Species of the genus are very similar in appearance and difficult to identify. They have a basal rosette of thread-like leaves and  leaveless flower stalks with round clustes of white or pink flowers.One species, Armeria maritima, is native to Iceland, most other species are native to the Mediterranean region. 


Aruncus dioicus
Aruncus - Goatsbeard

The genus Aruncus belongs to the rose family Rosaceae. They are closely related to the genus Filipendula and Spiraea and are native to moist, mountain woodlands in the northern hemisphere. 


Aster tongolensis

Aster belongs to the family Asteraceae. It's species are native to meadows in temperate regions of the northern hemisphere, the majority in N-America. They grow best in moist, fertile soil and prefer a sunny position. Most Asters flower late in the summer and through fall, but the species mainly grown in Iceland are alpines that flower earlier, in July-August.


Astilbe japonica 'Europa'

The genus Astilbe belongs to the Saxifragaceae  family. Most species are native to E-Asia. They need fairly moist soil and a sunny, sheltered position. Many cultivars flower too late for Icelandic conditions and it's therefore important to choose early flowering cultivars.

Astrantia major 'Rubra'
Astrantia - Masterwort

Astrantia is a genus in the family Apiaceae. Most species of the genus are native to mountain woodlands in Central- and E-Europe, including the Alps. They are hardy, medium sized plants that grow well in normal soil both in sun and semi-shade. 


Aubrieta 'Grandiflora'

The genus Aubrieta belongs to the cabbage family, Brassicaceae, native to S-Europe and Central-Asia. It's a small genus of similar mat forming species with relatively large flowers. They grow best in gritty soil in full sun.


Allium aflatunense

The genus Alyssum belongs to the Brassicaceae family. It's a fairly large genus of similar species native to the Mediterranean and Eastern- and Central-Asia. Many are low growing alpines, most with small white or yellow flowers in clusters. They grow best in sandy, well-drained soil in full sun. The genus Aurinia is a closely related genus which several species from the Alyssum genus have now been moved to. They all flower yellow flowers and are native to Central- and South-Europe.


Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost'

Brunnera is a genus in the family, Boraginaceae  with only three species native to woodlands in E-Europe and NW-Asia. All are spring flowering, ground covering plants that grow best in shade. 


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