This was my first attempt to get E.pubigerum, which I first grew in my teens, and had been unable to get hold of for years. It should be white flowered, speckled with little pink dots.
It should not be E.diphyllum (which is what I think this is).
Quite by chance I was wandering round a new nursery,laughing quietly to myself at all the bright shiny new plants they had bought in from a wholesaler - not a single home produced plant
in the place - and wondering why they had gone to all the trouble of building an entire nursery when they could have done the same job off the back of a market stall,
cut the overheads dramatically, and probably achieve a better turnover. And as I sat smugly musing, I almost tripped over plants of the genuine E.pubigerum and was so happy I
switched from worldly wise smug git to inane idiot in a heartbeat. Life, eh!
It is a wonderful little plant from the Caucasus. Often listed as introduced by Ellen Willmott in 1881 from the Caucasus, she actually got it from a garden in Geneva. I have
looked round her old garden with care, and I don't think it is still there.
One of the parents of E. x cantabridgiense and also of E. 'Black Sea', but not commonly grown in gardens nowadays, where it has been displaced by the modern flood of Chinese species.