Our Plants

Here at Raithby Plant Nursery we care about plants. This is why we grow many of them on the nursery from seed to flowering.

The Mail Order Season is now closed

We will recommence in April 2016

Plants may still be selected by visiting our nursery

at 128 Alanvale Road NEWNHAM

Contact Numbers are: 03 63262583 or 0408 507 895

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 Allium cyathophorum farreri:

From China, a dwarf species carrying small violet/purple bell flowers. Grows to about 15cm and forms a clump rather than spread. Not invasive. The plant needs full sun in well-drained soil. It is recommended that they being planted at around 10cm deep. $4.00

Anemone biarmiense:

This plant is sometimes listed as Anemone narcissiflora subsp. biarmiense. It originates from the Ural Mountain region in western Russia. It grows in open meadows and rocky outcrops in well a well composted soil in full sun. A mature plant grows to about 15cm in height. Flowers are a creamy colour. And suitable for a rock garden, tub or pot. These are 2 year old plants $5.00

 Anemone drummondii:

From the west coast of the USA and Canada, mainly British Columbia and Washington and Oregon, it is very similar in appearance to A. multifida, with the main difference being that A. multifida has one flower per stem, whereas A. drummundii can have up to 3.  It grows quite well in rocky soil and in full sun. $5.00

Aquilegia canadensis nana:

A dwarf form of the species with yellow centred red flowers. Plant it in sun to part-shade in rich, well-drained soil. $5.00

Aquilegia discolor:

From Northern Spain. A dwarf species growing to about 10-30cm, basal leaves biternate, leaflets rounded, lobed. Flowers blue, petals white, spurs short and slightly hooked. A good species in cultivation in sun or partial shade. $4.00





Aquilegia flabellata pumila rosea


A dwarf species from Japan growing to a height of about 20cm. Growing in mountains areas, the plant prefers a full sun position in damp well drained soil. It is intolerant of clay soils. In cold districts where there is a succession of frosts, the plant will become dormant. If this is the case then we suggest that you protect the crown with a good mulch. It also prefers a neutral to slightly acid soil. Feeding is best done in early Spring or when the plant breaks dormancy. $5.00




Aquilegia laramiensis:

A dwarf species from western USA with small dainty white flowers which appear in mid to late summer. It requires regular watering in the hotter times of the year. It is best in a gritty mix, not too rich. Rich soil will produce flowers within the foliage. A leaner mix will see the flowers above the foliage. $5.00

Arisarum vulgare:


From the western Mediterranean region, Canary Islands and the Azores. Growing on tuberous root stocks this plant does best in filtered light, or at least protection from the hottest part of the day.  Flowers will appear in late Spring to early Summer. Over time it will spread but it is not considered to be a thug. It prefers a moist soil during the growing season and should be allowed to dry out once it has stopped flowering. Once the foliage dies down, stop watering until the end of summer. $5.00 for 2 rhizomes




Arum maculatum:

A European species found in woodland areas. The spathe is very pale yellow with purples spots on the inside. We suggest that the tubers be plants about 8 to 10cm deep in soil that is well drained and topped up with organic matter once to twice a year. $5.00

Arum pictum:


The species is unique in the genus Arum in its autumn-flowering, and in this respect, as well as in its pub dunny like scent. The shiny, purplish and silver leaves are very beautiful, and persist through the winter.  Spathe is deep purple to black $5.00





Campanula calaminthifolia:

 A plant from the eastern Mediterranean area, including Crete and mainland Greece. It is low growing and will produce short trailing stems during the flowering season. Flowers are blue. It dislikes winter wet, so drainage is very important and does best in full sun. It should be treated as a short lived species (2-3 seasons),  with seed sown every Autumn. $4.00

Campanula dolomitica:

From Caucasus region; this includes Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan. A mid height species (35cm) with heart shaped leaves and white bell flowers. Best in full sun and well suited to neutral to alkaline soils. $6.00

Campanula fenestrellata:

Campanula fenestrellata

From Serbia and Montenegro; a low growing species, with flowering stems also tending to be lax. Flowers are blue and star shaped. Best in a gritty soil mix and does well in neutral to alkaline soil. $5.00






Campanula garganica:

From south eastern Italy and western Greece, a plant that lives among shady rocks and will form a tight dome shade about 20cm high and 30cm across. Flowers are blue, with an open, star like appearance. Generally from  Spring until late Summer. $5.00

Campanula kolenatina:

Flowers are bell-shaped and pale purple. This species prefers a sunny to half shady site and can withstand very low temperatures. It grows to about 60cm and is best in sandy, loamy soil that is moist. $5.00

Campanula primulifolia:


From Portugal, a mid height species with flowering stems growing to about 75cm. As the name implies, the foliage is likened to that of a primula. It prefers a filtered light position in moist soil.  $5.00






Campanula punctata kurokawa:


From Japan, a low spreading plant with quite large (for the size of the plant) bell shaped flowers. Flowers are pink and heavily spotted inside. It can be grown in full sun but it requires a moist soil. Flowering will occur on and off from late Spring to Autumn. $5.00




Campanula punctata alba:


 Also from Japan where is grows on grassy mountain slopes at low altitudes. A much taller species than kurokawa with flowering stems reaching 30cm or more. Flowers are white and heavily speckled reddish/pink inside. $5.00





Campanula punctata rubrifolia:


  The red flowering form. $5.00







Campanula raddeanna:

Another low growing spreading species with attractive deep blue bell shaped flowers. Prefers full sun but does quite well in spots that experience periods of shade through the day. $4.00

Campanula saxifraga:

This species comes from the Caucasus region where it grows at high elevations in rocky soil. It forms a low growing mat and in Spring produces deep blue thimble like flowers. $5.00

Campanula tommasiana:


 Native to Croatia, where it grows in beech forests. From a thick rootstock it forms clumps of small, ovate basal leaves that die back in winter.  $5.00 






Clematis cirrhosa balaerica:

A late winter flowering species with lime green flowers spotted red to brown. One of the parents to Clematis “freckles” $7.00


Clematis mandshurica:

A non-climbing species from Japan and northern China growing to about 1.5m and producing white star shaped flowers $7.00


Clematis napaulensis:

This species originates from Nepal and parts of Southern China. It is a remarkable plant that loses all its foliage in late spring or early summer and remains dormant throughout the hottest months of the year. In autumn it will put on lots of lush new foliage, followed by large clusters of flowers in early winter. The flowers themselves are quite unique, they are pendulous and scented and look like green-yellow bells that are filled with attractive red-purple stamens. $7.00

Codonopsis convolvulacea:

A deciduous climber from south west China. Flowers are blue, occasionally white and present as an open bell shape. It appears fragile but it is in fact quite hardy and prefers a sandy rich soil in filtered light. It is attractive to slugs and snails during early spring growth, so a strategy will be required to keep them away. $5.00

Codonopsis grey wilsonii:

Reported to be from Nepal. But flowers appear larger and present wide open in maturity. Flowers are blue with a reddish ringed centre. In good conditions it will scramble to 3m. It does best in a filtered light with a support frame. $5.00

Codonopsis grey wilsonii-himal snow:

An exceptional plant rising from underground tubers and forming twinning growths of wiry stems. These will climb up any support they can and we would suggest small branches placed into the ground near the plant. Leaves are deep green in colour, each is heart shaped. The flowers are quite stunning for a Codonopsis. Flowers are star shaped and crisp white, up to 5 cms wide and quite numerous; though borne in succession. $5.00

Cyclamen africanum:

From northern Algeria and Tunisia. It is a vigorous plant with large glossy green leaves, often as much as 10cm or 4 inches. Leaf patterns are not as pronounced as other species. Flowers vary from light pink to deep rose pink. Not suited for areas that have heavy frosts. $4.00

Cyclamen cilicum:

This species is native to the Taurus Mountains of southern Turkey. Leaves are heart-shaped or oval and green, often patterned with silver. Flowers are white to rose-pink with magenta markings on the nose.  $4.00

Cyclamen graecum:

A  variable species from Greece, Crete, Rhodes, Cyprus and Turkey. The leaves are silver-grey with contrasting veins of the same colour range and additionally maroon undersides and reddish edges. Flowering is best if the tuber is kept hot and dry over the hotter times of the year but with the roots receiving some moisture from the base.  $4.00





Cyclamen hederifolium:

Native to woodland, shrub land, and rocky areas in the Mediterranean region from southern France to western Turkey and on Mediterranean islands.  We offer a selection of white and pink flowers tubers. $4.00

Cyclamen libonaticum:


From Lebanon. This has angular, patterned and zoned leaves which sit through the late autumn and winter. Flowers are bright pale pink. Very lovely and the largest flowered of all of the species.  $4.00






Cyclamen repandum alba:

From southern Europe, including Sicily, Sardinia and Croatia. Foliage ivy like mottled and red underneath. $5.00

Cyclamen pseudibericum:  

The tuber develops roots from the centre below. The leaves are longer than wide, with a hastate or Christmas-tree pattern in green and silver. The spring-blooming flowers with five reflexed, upswept petals are fragrant and magenta-purple or pink, with a darker blotch and a white zone at the end of the nose. $4.00

Dianthus amurense:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFrom Siberia, a pretty little low growing plant with fringed rose purple flowers, with an inner ring of deeper colour. Height is about 20cm which includes the flowering stems. Flowering time is mostly through the summer months and it prefers full sun in a gritty soil. $5.00 






Dianthus la bourboule:

A compact, mat forming perennial hybrid with linear grey foliage and fragrant single pink, toothed flowers during summer. $5.00

 Dianthus subacaulis ssp brachyanthus:

Dianthus subacaulis

From western USA, a compact perennial evergreen plant with pink flowers in late October. It grows well in direct sun, and prefers medium levels of water. The flowers are rotate shaped. It has average drought tolerance. $5.00






Dicentra bacchanal:


 This plant forms a vigorous clump of grey-green leaves, topped by clusters of delicate, dangling heart shaped flowers in a vibrant deep-red shade. Best in filtered light. $5.00






Dicentra cuccularia:

From Nova Scotia in Canada. A bulbous species producing white flowers in September. Best in a pot and in a shaded position. $4.00






Dicentra scandens:


??????????????????????A very good climber from the Himalaya and Tibet, producing yellow locket flowers from Spring till Autumn. It prefers a filtered light position and grown in good friable well drained soil. It will die down in colder districts that experience frost, re-emerging when the soil starts to warm up. In good conditions it will climb  5-6 metres in a season. $5.00





Dichelostemma ida mia:


From California on the west coast of the USA. A cormous perennial with growth stems to about 40cm. Flowers appear in late spring to early summer and are narrow red tubes with greenish yellow tips. Corms need to be planted about 4ch deep in full sun. Try and keep the corms on the dry side after flowering has finished. $6.00





Dichelostemma voliable:

From California in western USA. A climbing cormous perennial with tubular mauve flowers. Height: 2 metres $5.00

Dierama pauciflora:

From South Africa and Zimbabwe, a plant adaptable to a number of different conditions, including moist soil. Flowers are pinkish-red and face upwards. 

Draba ramosissima:

Low growing compact habit with small yellow flowers. Best with added grit in the soil mix. $4.00

Draba sphaeroides:

Very tight, compact bun shaped species from northeast USA. Flowers are yellow. Can cope with full sun but gritty, well-drained soil is a must. $5.00 

Euphorbia polychroma:

This plant forms a cushion or dome shape with bright golden-yellow flowers, over light green foliage. Best to trim back early December to keep the growth compact. CAUTION: skin and eye irritant/toxic. $5.00

Gentiana cruciata:

 From eastern Europe, an easily grown species that produces intense blue flowers during the Summer months. Height is about 20cm. $5.00

Geranium ibericum:

From north east Turkey and the Caucasus region. Foliage and stems are covered in short hairs, with the leaves being deeply divided. Flowers appear during the Summer months are a deep violet blue with dark feathered veins and notched petals. $5.00

Geranium macrostylum:

An unusual tuberous type from the mountains in Greece. Pretty lilac-pink flowers with crimson veins. 30cm. Leafs up in winter and flowers in spring before dying back to tubers for the summer. Well drained soil in full sun. $5.00

Geranium oxanianum “Claridge Druce”:

‘Claridge Druce’ is a superb ground-covering cranesbill whose pink flowers with darker veins stand out well against the sage-green foliage. Best in part shade. $5.00

 Geranium platyanthum:

 From north eastern Asia, this is an interesting hairy geranium growing from a thick rootstock with upright stems to about 60cm. The leaves are shallowly lobed. Flowers are held in dense clusters from late Spring to mid Summer and are rather flat, slatey mauve pink $5.00

Geranium sanguineum nanum:

 A low growing species from Europe with large mid pink to red flowers. Flowers on and off during Spring and Summer and is adaptable to most soils and light conditions. $5.00

Geranium thunbergii “Jesters Jacket”:


 A variegated hybrid with small pink flowers appearing in Spring. It does best in a filtered light position.It is essentially a low grower and over time it will spread to about a metre. $5.00






Geranium wallichianum Buxtons Variety:

A sprawling habit (30cm height) with sky blue flowers and a white centre. Flowers will appear mid-summer to mid-autumn. $5.00

Geranium “Wargrave Pink”:

 A cultivar of G. endressii with lovely salmon pink flowers. Height is about 60cm. $5.00 

Herbertia lahue:


From Southern Chile and Argentina. Violet propeller shaped flowers with purple staining in the centre. Height is around 10cm flowering in September/October. Best in well drained soil and if you live in a cold district, protect against harsh frost. $4.00






Iris aphylla:

 Dwarf species from the Balkan Peninsula, growing to a height of about 15cm. Best in full sun. Flowers should appear in mid-spring. $5.00







Iris attica “blue form”

A dwarf species from Greece, Balkan region and Turkey. It prefers full sun and a rocky gritty soil. $5.00

 Iris attica “Yellow form” $5.00

 Iris chamaeiris:  

From dry, rocky places in southern Europe. A slightly taller version of Iris pumila. $5.00

Iris chrysophylla “ Dark blue”

Seeds of this plant was purchased as Iris chrysophylla “black”. However all have turned out to be a deep blue. Although not black they are still very attractive. $5.00

 Iris graminea

Native to Spain. Plant has long narrow leaves. Flowers are blue purple, blade of the falls yellowish white. 45cm $4.00

Iris lazica:

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From the Black Sea area of Turkey. An evergreen species. Flowers form on stems which are below the plant’s foliage. Flowers are violet; falls are a paler colour with a whitish centre. Height: 40cm $5.00






Iris pumila:


A dwarf bearded iris from Eastern Europe. Broad fan shaped leaves. Flower colour will mostly be purple with yellow beards. The occasional yellow may appear. Up to 15cm.Flower period starts in October and continues through to February. $5.00






Iris unguicularis 

Native to Greece, Turkey, Western Syria, and Tunisia. It grows to about 30 cm, with grassy evergreen leaves, producing pale lilac to purple flowers with a central band of yellow on the falls. The flowers appear in early spring. $5.00

 Iris versicolor “Kermesina”

This is a very pretty water-loving iris ideal for planting at the margins of a medium to large pond. In early and midsummer each branched stem can have up to five, beardless, reddish purple flowers, each with yellow and white markings. $5.00

Lewisia columbiana:

Small evergreen plant with fleshy narrow lance shaped and open purple flowers. It is best planted in a gritty soil mix. $4.00

Lewisia cotyledon:

An evergreen perennial with fleshy leaves emerge in flat rosettes of spoon-shaped dark leaves. Flower colour will be variable. $5.00

Lewisia leana pink:

Small magenta flowers in open clusters above rosettes of distinctively fleshy evergreen leaves which are almost round in cross section. Some forms have very glaucous foliage. Thrives in sun or partial shade. Prefers a free root-run, ideally in a raised bed that contains grit and small gravels. $5.00

Oxalis massoniana:


This is a winter growing species from South Africa with interesting frond like leaves. This one is difficult to get to bloom in cultivation. It may need to be planted deep and placed in full sun. We do grow ours in a large pot and in part sh ade. Because we are happy with the foliage. $4.00






Oxalis versicolor:

South African species. Flowers are white, rimmed with red and when the sun is behind a cloud, the flowers will close resembling a “barbers pole”. $5.00

Penstemon strictus:


From Western USA, a species which forms narrow deep green elliptical basal leaves. Flowers appear on tall spikes and are blue purple. A long lived species. Height: 60cm. $5.00






Platycodon grandiflorum apoyama:

Platycodon apoyama

Dwarf species with very large open blue flowers $5.00

Primula rusby:

From Wyoming and Montana in north west USA. It has stiff mid green leaves that are slightly toothed. Flowers are pink with a yellow eye. When not in flower it reminds us of a Dodecatheon. Height is around 20cm. It will grow in full sun but needs shelter from the Summer midday sun. $5.00

Pulsatilla vulgaris alba:

From Europe. A species with finely divided pinnate foliage. Flowers appear in spring and are bell shaped slightly open. Height: 20cm $4.00

 Ranunculus ficaria “Brazen Hussy”:

Emerging in the cooler months of the year and producing bright yellow, buttercup flowers against the chocolate-brown foliage. Excellent plant for the moist shaded garden. The plant is dormant during the hotter times of the year $4.00




Salvia moorcroftiana:

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Herbaceous perennial that is native to the Himalayan Mountains from Pakistan to western Nepal.  It grows to about 50cm in height, with large long-stemmed basal leaves with a toothed margin. The pale lilac flowers grow on many inflorescences that rise above the leaves. It prefers full sun, loose soil, good drainage, and regular watering. It will cope with the occasional frost $5.00





 Salvia napifolia:

 Native to Turkey, a small clumping species with many upright stems, and soft leaves lightly covered with hairs. The tiny flowers are pale lavender to purplish violet. $5.00

 Salvia somalensis:

Originally from the mountain region of Somalia, a very hardy perennial growing to about 1.50 metres and producing wisteria blue flowers in early summer. Best in full sun but will tolerate light shade. $6.00

Salvia transylvanica:

From Romania a mid-sized plant with deep violet flowers. Frost will cut it down but it will reappear if you take care to mulch the crown. $5.00

Saxifraga hostii

Occurs in the eastern Alps in Italy, Austria and Yugoslavia. Produces milky white flowers in the summer. Best in full sun and in a gritty soil. $4.00

Scutellaria indica parviflora:


 Lowing growing variety preferring a sunny position in gritty soil. $5.00







Sedum camtschaticum:

This is an excellent ground cover plant, particularly for hot, dry sites with poor soil. This species forms a low carpet of small, scalloped green leaves, spreading to form a thick patch. Clusters of bright yellow star flowers appear in summer. It can be deciduous in colder areas. $5.00

Silene delavayi:

From Yunnan in south west China an interesting low growing plant with deep lavender primula like flowers which appear late in the year. Generally compact in habit, with flowering stems reaching 30-40cm $5.00

Silene hookeri igramii:

From Oregon and California, a small tufted plant not more than 15cm in height, with lower stems often prostrate. Leaves are grey green. Flowers vary from deep to pale pink. They must have very good drainage and soil mix needs to be neutral to slightly acid. $4.00

Silene vallesia:

From mountainous areas in southern Europe, a dwarf species with pale pink flowers and a darker crimson-pink calyx. Height is around 15cm. $5.00

Symphandra cretica:

As the name suggests, this species is found on the island of Crete. Flowering stems  may reach up to 40cm with light blue bell shaped flowers. It can cope quite well with light to dappled shade. This one is perennial. $5.00

Symphandra wanneri:


 From the mountains of Romania, Bulgaria and Serbia where is grows on shady cliffs and rocky outcrops. It is quite a pretty plant and although it is short lived, either monocarpic or biennial, it is well worth having as it makes quite a large mound with flowers appearing over a long period. $3.50 





Symphandra zanzegur:

From Armenia where is grows on rocky ground in high mountainous regions. The plant makes a small neat dome of grey green basal leaves and in the Summer produces upright or lax wiry stems with lavender violet flowers. It does best in a gritty soil and in full sun. This one is perennial. $5.00

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