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.

Aconitum anthora:

A European species producing yellow monk’s hood shaped flowers in early summer. Will grow to a height of 70cm and over time spreading slowly to about 60cm. Best grown in a cool, moist soil in dapple light or part shade. But it will cope with full sun provided the soil remains damp. We recommend that the plant be divided every 3-4 years to maintain vigour. This can be done in late autumn or early winter. $5.00

Aconitum nepallus:

A good plant well suited for planting at the back of the garden bed with tall spikes of deep violet-blue, hooded flowers appearing in Feb/March. Foliage is dark green and glossy. Stems will extend to 1.2 metres during the flowering season and may require staking. As with A. anthora plants prefer a site that will not dry out in the hotter times of the year. $5.00

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

Androsace laevigata:

These are 3 years old and still quite small, around the size of a 20 cent piece. They will grow to about 5cm in width. It has a dense tufty appearance and early summer it produces deep rose pink flowers. It is best grown in a pot or tub that contains a gritty soil mix and mulched with small stones. $5.00 (very few)

Androsace pyrenaica:

Another cushion forming species producing pale pink flowers with yellow eyes. Flower stems are almost stemless. Flowering should occur in late spring. Cultivation is the same as A. laevigata. $5.00 (very few)

Anemone leveillei:

A plant producing white flowers in late spring and early summer, the outside of each petal flushed with mauve. Foliage is deeply divided, forming a low mound to about 30cm and up to 45cm during the flowering season. The plant prefers light shade and moist soil. It will tolerate a variety of soil types. $4.00

Anemone numerosa “robinsonia”:

These are a white flowering hybrid, with flushes of blue and typical of this type with stoloniferous growth and thimble like flowers in September and October. Height is about 5cm and will continue to spread over a long period of time. It prefers a filtered light position in gritty well drained soil. $4.00

Anomatheca laxa (now Freesia laxa):

From Southern Africa, leaves are narrow pale green. Generally a flowering stem will appear in early October and flowering from late October/early November and continue through until late March. This is a specimen for a pot. If you are in an area that experiences periods of heavy frost it is best to place the pot in a protected area or dig up the corms, place in sand and store in a position approved by management. $4.00 for 4 corms

Anomatheca laxa “Joan Evans”:

(Freesia laxa Joan Evans) White flowering hybrid with pink markings. $4.00 for 4 corms

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 flabelatta alba:

From Japan; a dwarf species, compact in habit, with thick greyish green leaves. Flowering generally occurs in early October. It staggers a little in the warmer months in full sun, so we suggest that it be given protection from the hottest part of the day. $4.00

Aquilegia glandulosa:

From Siberia (Altay, Sayans, Transbaykalia), Central Asia (Tien Shan), northwestern China and Mongolia. Found in alpine meadows, more rarely in forest zone, along stream-banks and on rocks. Flower stems grow to about 30 cm. Leaves are biternate, nearly 20 cm long. Flowers are large in proportion to the plant and can be bright violet-blue or sky-blue. Flowers early September through to February -March. Position is best in partial shade or at least shade from the midday to mid-afternoon sun. $4.00

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

Aquilegia viridiflora:

Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. It will tolerate a wide range of soils except heavy, poorly drained ones. Keep soils uniformly moist after bloom to prolong attractive foliage appearance. The foliage will start to decline in late summer at which time they may be cut to the ground. Flowering height is around 40cm. Flowers are dark green with purplish brown petals. It can be short lived (3 years) but is easily raised from seed sown as soon as ripe or in the spring. $4.00

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

Aster alpinus:

Dwarf species from Afghanistan and parts of the Pamir Mountains in China. Flowers are mauve. Best in full sun and soil needs to be a mix of loam, grit and small pebbles. $4.00








Plants are from x cultorum range and we offer red, blue and purple flowering varieties. These plants are mat forming and prefer neutral to alkaline soil and out in the open. Best in full sun and suited to areas with hot summers. $4.00

Babiana ringens:

The Rat’s tail is a flowering plant native to South Africa. The foliage is long and erect with a sterile main stalk. The plant bears bright red, tubular flowers on side branches close to the ground. It grows in sandy soil. These corms are 3 years old and most likely flowers next year. $4.00

Campanula bellidifolia:

Sometimes named as Campanula tridentate bellidifolia. It is a low growing species best grown in full sun in gritty soil and mulched with gravel. Flowers are violet/blue. $5.00

Campanula betuifolia:

From Armenia and parts of Turkey, this is another low growing species producing light pink to white flowers. Good drainage again is the key issue and if this is achieved it will be a long lived perennial. It does die down over winter. $5.00

Campanula cochlearifolia alba:

From the European mountains, this species forms small tufts, spreading by underground stolens. However it is not invasive. The leaves are heart shaped with flowers appearing as small thimbles. Fairly adaptable to most soil types and can be placed in full sun or part shade. Good drainage is important during the wetter months of the year. It can be divided every 2-3 years and this can be carried out from spring through to early summer. $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 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 makaschvilii:

Is a fully hardy perennial herbaceous alpine with white and pink flowers in early Summer. It grows well in semi-shade and direct sun, and prefers medium levels of water. The flowers are campanulate shaped. It is highly adaptable, growing in soils ranging from a pH of 5 to 8. $5.00

Campanula punctata rubrifolia:

Taller spreading species with deep red bell shaped flowers. $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 rotundifolia:

A rhizomatous perennial flowering plant native to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Small thimble-like blue flowers. $5.00

Ceanthos prostratus:

From western USA, a low growing or carpeting species producing light blue open flowers. It prefers a sunny position in gritty soil. Mature plants can spread to 2 metres. $4.00

Clematis akeboides:

From western China, producing a mass of yellow flowers from mid to late summer. It does best in full sun but will tolerate part shade. In colder districts the plant is deciduous. $6.00

Clematis cirrhosa balaerica:

Mainly from the western Mediterranean region, including the Balearics, Corsica and Sardinia and quite hardy. Flowers are open bell shaped, pale green and flecked reddish-brown on the inside. It flowers from mid-summer through to autumn.  $6.00

Clematis heracleifolia:

A woody based non-climbing or sub shrub species with pale to mid blue tubular flowers. Height 1.5m to 2 metres. Best in full sun and cut back by half after flowering; otherwise it tends to go a bit Rhonda Birchmore. $7.00

Clematis integrifolia:

Northern China.  A non-climbing species and will generally grow to about a metre in height. Flowering time is from October through to late February. Flowers are blue, bell-shaped, with cream anthers.  $5.00

Clematis lasiandra:

Central to southern China and regions of Japan and Korea. A deciduous climber producing pink lantern-like flowers from late. Height to about 3 metres and flowering from spring through to the end of summer.  $6.00

Clematis manschurica:

A non-climbing species from Japan and northern China growing to about 1.5m and producing white star shaped flowers. It requires a support frame. $5.00

Clematis napaulensis:

Clematis nepaulensis

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. $6.00





Clematis viticella var. campaniflora:

From Portugal and SW Spain a strong climber reaching 6 metres. Leave are narrow lance shaped. Flowers first appear in October and are pale violet. $5.00

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

Corydalis solida mix:

 Bulbous species with flower colour range from light to deep pink $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 purpurascens:

Native to central Europe, northern Italy, and Slovenia. Deep green leaves and pink flowers. An added is the nice sweet scent of the flowers $4.00

Cyclamen repandum alba:

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

Dianthus alpinus:

From the European Alps. This is a cushion-forming species with clusters of serrated single blooms in pink to dark crimson sit just off the ground in summer. Is short-lived, but easy to grow from seed. Requires full sun and sharp drainage and prefers neutral to alkaline soil. $5.00

Dianthus amurense:

From Siberia, a pretty little 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 arenarius nanus: 

Central European species with sweetly fragrant, frilly pure white flowers on short stems. Flowers in the new year. Low growing with grass-like leaves that have a bluish hue. Ideal for the rock garden or drier well drained areas. A hardy plant that prefers full sun. $4.00

Dianthus furcatus:

Native to the Southern European mountains. A dwarf tufted species with small pink flowers. Flowers appear solitary on each stem. Height: 20cm which includes flowering stems. It does best in full sun and a gritty soil. $5.00

Dianthus myrtenervous:

A small dianthus, with fairly typical “pink” flowers, patterned with a darker ring, and mat-forming, evergreen foliage. The value of this plant is that it forms a dense mat and produces masses of flowers $5.00

Dianthus pavonius:

From southern Europe. A plant, which forms a dense mat. Flowers crimson to pale pink. $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 eximia:

From eastern USA, a rhizomatous perennial for part shade in humus rich soil. Flowers a rose red and they appear in late summer. Height is around 30cm and spreads to about 40cm. We recommend it be divided every 3-4 years. Best time to do this is late winter. $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 igneum:

From South Africa, a dwarf species with narrow strap-like leaves and producing tubular pink bell shaped flowers. Full sun in well drained soil. $4.00

Dierama pulcherrium:

A tall species with very dark flowers. $4.00

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 

Erinus alpinus pink:

From the higher altitude areas of southern Europe. A pretty little dwarf plant with fox glove like pink flowers, occasionally pinkish white. $4.00

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

Fuchsia procumbens:

From coastal areas in northern NZ, an attractive ground cover with round bright green leaves and red and yellow flowers in summer, followed by large red berries. It has a creeping habit and will cover large areas (around 1.5m). It prefers semi shade and is deciduous in colder areas in winter. $5.00

Galanthus sp. “Autumn flowering”:

Looks to be a hybrid. Bell-shaped, white flowers with green on inner sepals. Position requirements vary from full sun to partial shade.  Soil mix needs to be moist and added humus. Even when bulbs are dormant, do not let soil dry out. $4.00

Galtonia princeps:

From Southern Africa, in the Natal region. Similar to G. candicans but shorter in stature with slightly less flowers. Leaves are broad strap like and mid green. An established clump will provide an excellent display. Flowers are white tinted green. Height is 30-60cm. Flowers during the hotter times of the year. Best in full sun and well-drained soil for those that experience very wet winters. $5.00

Gentiana duhurica:

This species spreads wider than it is tall. Foliage will appear in early September, and makes a slightly glossy mound by early December. Flowers stat appearing in December $6.00

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 phaeum samobor:

This exceptionally good selection coming from Geranium phaeum. Leaves are quite large, each splashed with purple-black against a green background. The nodding maroon-purple flowers are a near-match, appearing in late spring. Best affect is achieved in filtered light. The plant prefers a rich, moist soil. Divide clumps every 2-3 years in late winter to early spring. $6.00






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 wallichianum  “Sybru”:

Flowers are magenta pink with darker veining and a hint of a white eye $5.00

Habranthus texanus:

A small bulb from the southern region of South America; with yellow orange tulip-like flowers. Foliage will emerge after flowering. Plant the bulbs with their necks showing above the surface of the soil.  We also have the pink flowering form $4.00

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 (yellow form):


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






Iris graminea:

Native to Spain. Plant has long narrow leaves. Flowers are blue purple, blade of the falls yellowish white. Flowers have a nice plum fragrance. $6.00







Iris lazica:

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 $4.00

Iris pumila:

A dwarf bearded iris from Eastern Europe. Broad fan shaped leaves. Flower colour will be variable-blue, purple or yellow, with yellow or blue beards. Up to 15cm.Flower period starts in October and continues through to February. $5.00

Iris setosa canadensis:

A dwarf variety (20-25cm). Flowers are mid to lavender blue and appear in early summer. $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

Linaria aeruginea:

A dwarf compact plant from Spain and Portugal. Flowers are a mix of yellow brown and mauve. Can be short lived. But will gently self-seed. $4.00

Lobelia tupa:

A very tall species from Chile, growing to about 2 metres. Long stems covered with thick felt-like leave and large carmine red flowers. $5.00

Narcissus romineux:

Dwarf species from North Africa. These are from a pale yellow form $4.00

Narcissus wilkomii:

South Western Spain. Flowers are greenish yellow. 18cm  $4.00

Nectarscordum siculum bulgaricum:

From Bulgaria and Turkey. Basal leaves and around October produces long flowering stalks and umbels of white bell shaped, marked grey green at the base and rose pink within. $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 palmifrons: 

From South Africa. A very pretty species with orange toned flowers and yellow centres. These are produced on mass during March and April. Full sun in gritty soil. $4.00 (inc at least 3 bulbs)







Penstemon pinifolius:

A showy low growing species from south west USA. Grown in full sun in a humus rich but well drained soil it will repay you with an abundance of flowers. $5.00

Penstemon smallerii:

Native to North Carolina and eastern Tennessee in eastern USA. Another very showy, dwarf penstemon with large toothed basal leaves and purple flowers. 60cm $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:

Dwarf species with very large open blue flowers $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 carnariensis: 

As the name suggests a species from the Canary Islands. Whilst these islands generally experience a dry and mild climate it will survive quite well. Our experience is that will a succession of frosts the plant will take on a dead appearance. However by mulching the crown beforehand the plant will re-emerge when it starts to warm up. $6.00

Salvia darcyi:

From Mexico, hardy to about -4deg C. Quite tall at 1.5m. Flowers are red. $6.00

Salvia forskshaoli:

From the Balkan Peninsula, a plant well suited to a loamy soil in full sun or part shade. It produces large violet and white flowers which appear in early summer. It will form a clump of about 1 metre across. $6.00

Salvia forskshaoli alba:

The white form of this well-known species. Not as tough as its cousin and requires some protection in areas where there is a succession of frosts. $6.00

Salvia nana:



Not a lot known about this one. It appears to be a recent introduction from Central America It has small blue flowers with a bold white stripe through the lower lip.  Growth habit is compact (20cm) and outreaching stems appear stoloniferous. We have been told it is hardy but as yet it has not been tested beyond 0 deg C. $5.00





Salvia scabra:

From the coastal region around the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa. Best in frost free areas. Grows to about 1.5 metres in height. Flowers are a lilac/pink, with a blue tinge. $4.00

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

Salvia viscosa:

From the mountainous regions of Lebanon and Israel. It produces flowers that are very small, and at first glance insignificant. However, on closer inspection the flowers present with various shades of red and pink. Height is around 1.5 metres.  Hardy to about -5 Deg C. $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

Sedum camtschaticum:

This is an excellent groundcover 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

Sedum nivium:

From southern California. A prostrate species with short branches carrying white flowers. $4.00

Sedum lanceolatum:

It is native to western North America throughout western Canada and the United States. This is a succulent plant forming basal rosettes of knobby or pointed leaves up to 3cm long. The flowers have yellow petals sometimes tinged with red, each lance-shaped. $4.00

Silene asterias:

An interesting species from Albania, Bulgaria and Greece, with a mass of small crimson flowers that take a ball shape about 2-3 cm across from clumping rosettes of tiny leaves. It is best grown in full sun and damp peaty soil. $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 dinarica:

From Romania, a low growing (10cm) perennial for full sun or part shade. Flowers are bright pink and appear in summer. $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 keiskei:

A small tufted plant from northern Japan, with short glossy narrow leaves and producing clusters of deep pink, notched flowers. $5.00

Stylophorum diphylum:

This is an herbaceous perennial native to moist woodland in eastern North America, valued for its yellow cup shaped flowers and oak leaf shaped foliage. Height and spread is about 40cm. $5.00






Symphandra creticum:

 Compact habit with light blue bell shaped flowers. It can cope with light to dappled shade. $5.00

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