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Synthyris pinnatifida

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Leaves up to 10cm long, ovate, deeply dissected into narrow segments which are themselves toothed. Flowering stems 10-15cm high but often less, with lavender blue flowers, the tube and lobes about equal in length. Washington State, on rocks and open ground. Not easy in cultivation and best in a scree. The flower buds abort if the winter is not cold enough. S.p. var. lanuginosa is very similar to the type except that its leaves are covered with silvery hairs. Because of its silky winter buds it is best in the alpine house.