The big attraction in July will undoubtedly be the Megacarpaea polyandra with its majestic flower scape up to 2 m high. A member of the Cabbage Family, Brassicaceae, it needs approximately 10 years from seed to flowering. After flowering the scape is covered with large seeds, hence the name mega = large, carpaea = seed. At the end of the season the plant dies and the next generation has to be propagated from the seed again. This is definitely an unusual plant which does not tolerate any heat or dryness when in growth.

Megacarpaea polyandra

The Blue Poppy from the Himalayas is also opening its first buds together with the early flowering species of the Himalayan Primulas. On the way up to the garden keep your eyes open for the sky blue flowers of Clematis alpina growing beneath the trees. Gentians, Primulas, Pinguicula and other gems of the meadows are also in full flower.

7th June 2011

Arnebia pulchra

Clematis alpina

Cotula pyrethrifolia

Daphne glomerata

Gentiana angustifolia

Gentiana angustifolia 'Alba'

Primula ioessa

Primula parryi

Ranunculus parnassifolia

Photos: Jennifer Wainwright-Klein, Botanischer Garten München-Nymphenburg