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Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded by Sue & Kelly in 2017.

The mission of the Conservancy is to facilitate the acquisition and introduction to North America of threatened and vulnerable ornamental plants of known wild provenance as well as from cultivated sources. These plants will be maintained as a living reference collection for public educational and scientific purposes with the goal of conservation through cultivation via distribution to botanic and public gardens, botanists and researchers plus professional and amateur gardeners and horticulturists.

A portion of the proceeds from these plant sales goes to support the mission of FRBC. You may also donate here.

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Viburnum hoanglienense FMWJ 13289 ex. Viburnum hoanglienense FMWJ 13289 ex.

F2 plants from the original wild collection of this rare species. This is a very handsome thing with superb glossy textured leaves and showy displays of red fruit. Just looking at it, we thought - bummer, can't possibly be hardy but heard from one of the collectors that it handled zero Fahrenheit so woohoo!  We later saw for ourselves the reason why as we climbed on Mt Fansipan, "The Roof of Indochina' and saw this growing near the summit.  A portion of the proceeds goes to support the mission of Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy.

Price: $18.00
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Begonia sp. YuGu 301 Begonia sp. YuGu 301

A gorgeous begonia growing near small cardamom plantings along the trail in the forest heading to higher elevations.  Fantastic foliage with dark and sultry clouding and with undersides a vivid red and held by similarly colored stems furred in pale hairs.  The white flowers contrast perfectly.

Price: $28.00
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Epilobium canum ssp. latifolium CEH 2229 Epilobium canum ssp. latifolium CEH 2229

Seed collected by FRBC botanist Dr. Cody Hinchliff in Arizona from a summer rainfall area. Don't panic - this will still be tolerant of dry but will be more amenable to summer water than others. Wider than tall as it spreads by underground stems, the narrowly tubular scarlet flowers are a late summer to fall delight.

Price: $16.00
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Hedychium sp. YuGu 008 Hedychium sp. YuGu 008

A recent collection of this Zingiberaceae which we have not yet identified.  A graceful species with relatively narrow leaves and very pleasing melon colored flowers.  This is from fairly low elevation and growing both as a terrestrial and as an epiphyte.  In zone 8 gardens, we would mulch well to keep frost from reaching the rhizomes.

Price: $24.00
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Hymenoxys hoopesii CEH2282 Hymenoxys hoopesii CEH2282

Seed collected in AZ by FRBC botanist Dr. Cody Hinchliff, this is known as Owl's Claws, thanks to the long curved and drooping narrow flower petals.  Great for late summer color provided you like yellow to orange flowers because this ain't fooling around with its pigmentation.  30" give or take in a moderately moist sunny spot.

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Heptapleurum (syn. Schefflera) lociana YuGu 021 Heptapleurum lociana YuGu 021 (syn. Schefflera)

Young plants of a rare offering of this graceful woodland species from the borderlands of China and Vietnam. Upright plants to 10' that rarely branch with expected Schefflera - we mean Heptapleurum - green leaves. Umbels of black fruit in a raceme. Hardiness unknown but let's start with not very. A Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy Offering

Price: $25.00
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Cardiocrinum cathayanum H2MD 143 Cardiocrinum cathayanum H2MD 143

The correctly named true species as what is generally seen in gardens are forms of Cardiocrinum giganteum.  The only deviation from the key of 3-5 flowers are some with up to 9 flowers which we attribute to easy living in our garden and variation within the species. This is most closely allied to C. cordatum

Price: $35.00
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Brassaiopsis hispida cf. Brassaiopsis hispida cf.

A rare grand foliage plant from lower elevation in the eastern Sino-Himalaya.  Allied to Schefflera, this differs in its armor of spiny prickles and whose terminal inflorescense produces black fruit.  We offer this with some trepidation in fear of sparking a feeding frenzy among the Araliaceae collectors who are a particular subset of plant nerds that walk the knife edge of obsession that separates reason from Poe's " A Descent into a Maelstrom".  Before you knee-jerk and click add to cart, take your meds and wait an hour.  Of course this may well be sold out by then..........  A portion of the proceeds goes to support the mission of Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy.

Price: $50.00
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Briggsia speciosa MD 15-17 Oreocharis speciosa MD 15-17 (syn. Briggsia speciosa)

If the nursery catches on fire or there is an EF5 tornado bearing down or skies darken from a locust plague of biblical proportions, this is in the first armload we grab. A gesneriad from our collection in Asia where this grew on shaded, mossy rock faces enjoying Acer griseum and Emmenopterys henryi as neighbors. Gloriously large, totally tubular lavender-pink flowers awaken urges long forgotten. Hardy here at FRF in the maritime PNW.

Price: $25.00
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Oreocharis aurea var. aurea MD 17-35 Oreocharis aurea var. aurea MD 17-35

This gesneriad (African Violet family) is from our collection just miles from the China-Vietnam border. Small narrow-necked yellow flowers over evergreen rosettes of leaves. We have seen this species in numerous sites including southern China growing on mossy rocks, fallen logs or epiphytically.

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Begonia hemsleyana YuGu 303 Begonia hemsleyana YuGu 303

A rare wild-origin offering of this hardy-for-us species.  This develops stout vertical stems which hold palm-like leaves consisting of 8 narrow green leaflets.  The late-season pink flowers ignite the pleasure centers which had been happily simmering all summer from the foliar architecture.  Nice to introduce some new genetics

Price: $28.00
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Begonia koelzii NJM 12.077 Begonia koelzii NJM 12.077

A collection by plantsman Nick Macer of Pan Global Plants of this choice species which has awaited introduction since Frank Kingdon Ward first discovered it over 70 years ago.  Striking deeply lobed palmate leaves held on long spotted stems with late season pink flowers.  Visually arresting clump, to be honest.

Price: $30.00
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Oreocharis argyreia CGG 14143 Oreocharis argyreia CGG 14143

A Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy Offering.  Sweet little gesneriad (African Violet family) from our collection in Asia in an area not botanized by westerners.  This was common in soil pockets on rock faces where it formed rosettes of evergreen leaves with scapes (flower stems) to 10" tall.  Up to 9 tubular  light purple flowers on each reddish stem.

Price: $22.00
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Pterostyrax psilophyllus var. leveillei CGG 14114 Pterostyrax psilophyllus f. leveilleana CGG 14114

A Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy Offering.  Our collection from Asia of what is likely the first introduction of this exceptional form of this equally exceptionally rare variety. Attractive leaves that are terminally cleft into bilateral lobes. The white flowers are the finest in the genus holding their own among the best of flowering trees. So much better than the straight species.

Price: $65.00
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Allium henryi H2MD 026 Allium henryi H2MD 026

A rare introduction of this small alpine Allium that is scarcely represented in cultivation.  Small flattened leaves arch close to the ground and the short-stemmed blue flowers are quite pleasing.  The leaves distinguish it from the similar but with rounded leaves, Allium cyaneum, which it shares habitat.

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Heptapleurum (syn.Schefflera) cf. lociana YuGu 037 Heptapleurum (syn.Schefflera) cf. lociana YuGu 037

Our collection of this smaller species from an area little visited by westerners.  This is an ideal species for todays urban gardens as it has a narrower and shorter habit than some tree types. Adaptable to sun or light shade. Terminal slightly descending panicles of whitish flowers followed by showy balls of black fruit.

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Aeschynanthus buxifolius YuGu 306 Aeschynanthus buxifolius YuGu 306

Our collection from an area little visited by Westerners and part of our ongoing effort to collect and grow comparative specimens from across its range in Vietnam and China.  Same genus as Lipstick Vine, this shrubby gesneriad has proven hardy in mild gardens here in western Washington.  Tubular red-orange flowers.

Price: $20.00
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Gentiana sp. YuGu 391 Gentiana sp. YuGu 391

Our collection of this as yet unidentified Gentian from an isolated peak with difficult access.  This was growing on steep open banks overhung with Schefflera fengii and Rhododendron sinofalconeri where it made rounded small shrublets with semi-woody stems covered in clusters of shades of blue flowers.

Price: $25.00
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Lepisorus sp. MD 12-21 Lepisorus sp. MD 12-21

A Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy Offering.  This is an interesting fern of which we have just a few nice divisions.  This grows as an epiphyte on tree trunks which is typical for the genus and was found at the high point in the mountain range so should have some hardiness. The distinctive large rounded paired sori on the backs of the leaves also fit the genus.

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Tricyrtis formosana var. formosana MD 15-120 Tricyrtis formosana var. formosana MD 15-120

Our collection from Taiwan of this species which was formerly ascribed to T. stolonifera but is now merged into the variable T. formosana. Good clumper via - you guessed it - stolons with mottled leaves especially on new growth. Upright stems with light purple flowers heavily spotted with darker purple.

Price: $20.00
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Grahamia? sp. NAB 035 Grahamia? sp. NAB 035

Tender South American shrubby succulent making a 3'x4' mound of thin stems with small fleshy leaves  Flowers unknown and we are perfectly willing to accept that this might well be a different genus entirely!  Pairs well with cactus, bromeliads and xeric shrubs.  Let us know what it looks like when it flowers!

Price: $15.00
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Daphniphyllum paxianum YuGu 073 Daphniphyllum paxianum YuGu 073

Young plants of this extremely rare species which we speculate will have only light frost tolerance so perhaps good for zones 9-10.  Evergreen bold leaves bringing to mind an unholy union between a laurel and a rhododendron.  Insignificant flowers at a relatively young age.

Price: $40.00
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Crinodendron tucumanum NAB 045 Crinodendron tucumanum

Extremely rare offering of this NW Argentina-SE Bolivia version of the Chilean Crinodendron patagua.  This large shrub to small 20'-30' multi-trunked tree has evergreen leaves and small white bell flowers.  Quite fast growing and is one of the primary species in the Podocarpus parlatorei forests.

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Fokenia hodginsii CDHM 14681 Fokenia hodginsii CDHM 14681

Distinctive Asian conifer forming impressively large trees up to 100' and we've been very fortunate to see large specimens in Guangxi Province.  The dense branchlets are flattened much like a Thuja and extremely handsome.  Ours is thriving in full sun/wind exposure.  Recently moved to Chamaecyparis and then back.

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Lepisorus cf. macrosphaerus MD 15-09 Lepisorus cf. macrosphaerus MD 15-09

Fern fans we are, fern experts we are not, but we continue to chip away at the imposing taxonomic massif of Pteridphyta in hopes of becoming somewhat conversational in Fern. Currently, we can ask the equivalent of where the restroom is and order beer when talking Asian ferns. This is a creeping fern with long, thin rhizomes ideally suited for weaving through shallow moss on shaded rock faces with small orbicular-ovate evergreen leaves.

Price: $30.00
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Heptapleurum (syn.Schefflera) fengii YuGu 029 Heptapleurum (syn.Schefflera) fengii YuGu 029

A reintroduction of this rare species that has been introduced just once by Steve Hootman in 1995.  This is from the same population but does provide a bit more genetic diversity as the ones cultivated from the 1995 introduction come from just one or two plants.  Hardy in Seattle.

Price: $28.00
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Aeschynanthus sp. MD 17-89 Aeschynanthus sp. MD 17-89

A lovely shrubby epiphytic Indochina gesneriad in the same genus as lipstick vine.  That comparison made, this should be an excellent houseplant although we speculate that it ought to take a brief light frost.  A lot of the exposed limestone ridges radiate heat away at night making them colder.  Red tubular flowers.

Price: $22.00
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Impatiens balansae Impatiens balansae

An exciting tender perennial Impatiens from Vietnam we brought in via the UK. Deep green leaves with magenta undersides on a stout 3'-4' upright plant are quite enough but add the late orange-yellow flowers with red lips and be ready for involuntary expletives and religious exhortations.  We saw this in the wild and were blown away.

Price: $20.00
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Trochodendron aralioides MD 15-107 Trochodendron aralioides MD 15-104

Wheel Tree. Our collection from Taiwan of this indispensable broadleaf evergreen that usually is a small tree in gardens. Very clean and attractive, always the first criteria to be considered whether shopping for plants or romance, the Taiwan forms are regarded as better garden plants with better foliage. Surprisingly nice green flowers

Price: $30.00
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Syringa tomentella CDHM 14585 Syringa tomentella CDHM 14585

A Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy Offering.  A multistemmed large shrub having a small tree appearance as it is quite upright from our Asian collection in an area of extreme ecological devastation.  This had fallen from a cliff edge making seed capsules accessible. Narrow flower heads of whitish flowers have a graceful quality that is found in the wild species.

Price: $28.00
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