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Corey Schmidt
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Location: Kachemak Bay, Alaska (usda zone 6, ahs heat zone 1, lat 59 N, coastal, koppen Dfc)
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I am excited to have found this web page with species growing at the world's northernmost botanical garden at 65 degrees North latitude in Akureyri, Iceland:
http://www.lystigardur.akureyri.is/?modID=1&id=45&lat=1

its written in Icelandic language, but if you scroll down, the letters a-z give you the latin names of plants growing at akureyri botanical garden.  They are at 65 degrees N, still Koppen Cfc (subpolar oceanic), but nearly Dfc(subarctic), and I believe USDA hardiness zone 7.  Its especially exciting for me here in kachemak Bay, Alaska, because the summertime climate there is nearly identical to mine here, but about 2 degrees fahrenheit cooler than mine in summer (though slightly warmer in winter), so  anything that grows there should theoretically grow here if it is cold hardy enough.  This is a great reference for far northern maritime areas and should be useful for people in Anchorage, Southcentral and Southeast Alaska, Aleutians, East and west coasts of Canada, Maine, Scotland, Scandinavia and northwest Russia, and of course Iceland and the Faroes, possibly Greenland. Just compare the hardiness of plants on the list with that of your area.  The list itself does not have hardiness, you will have to check that with pfaf.org or another source. I believe everything on the list is zone 7 or hardier.  Also, your browser can probably translate the page to English.



here is the wikipedia article on Akureyri with a good climate summary
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akureyri

I am checking the plants list with pfaf.org and compiling a list of all the plants growing at Akureyri that pfaf has given an edibility rating of 4 or 5, and I'm including some rated 3 if I find them especially interesting. I did the letter A today and collected 23 of the 2 hundred or so whose latin names begin with a on the Akureyri botanical garden species list.  If I ever make it thru the alphabet I will publish it here.  

 
Elijah Kim
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If you click the UK flag located at the bottom right of the title banner at the top of the webpage it'll go English.
 
Corey Schmidt
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thanks, that's helpful.  I noticed that when you click on a species name, there is much more information if you are browsing in icelandic.  So, clicking on for example 'corylus avellana' while browsing in icelandic and then using your browser to translate gets you a sort of decent translation, but when browsing in english, there is almost no info.  there is a section translated as 'experience' for each plant where it tells how the plants have done in the botanical garden.
 
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I have gone through letters A-C of latin names of akureyri plants and here is what I found, the best edibles according to pfaf.org, and a couple of medicinals

actinidia kolomikta- hardy kiwi (i also have in kachemak bay, fruited the first year!)
adenophora spp ladybells pfaf2
aesculus hippocastanum horse chestnut zone 4 pfaf 3 tree
alcea rosea hollyhock zone 3 pfaf3
Allium cernuum nodding onion zone 5 pfaf 5
Allium fistulosum welsh onion pfaf5
Allium moly zone 3 golden garlic pfaf4
Allium schoenoprasum sibiricum giant chives zone 4 pfaf 5
Allium senescens German garlic zone 4 pfaf4
Allium ursinum wild garlic zone4 pfaf 5
Allium victorialis alpine leek zone 6 pfaf4
Amelanchierx grandiflora apple serviceberry zone4 pfaf5
Amelanchier alnifolia saskatoon zone 4 pfaf5
Amelanchier canadensis juneberry zone4 pfaf4
Amelanchier laevis Allegheny Shadberry zone5 pfaf5
Amelanchier lamarckii apple serviceberry zone 3 pfaf5
Amelanchier stolonifera running serviceberry zone 4 pfaf5

Anethum graveolens dill pfaf4
Armoracia rusticana horseradish zone 4 pfaf3
Aronia melanocarpa black chokeberry zone 3 pfaf3
Asarum caudatum wild ginger zone 6 pfaf3
Asparagus officinalis garden asparagus zone2 pfaf4
Asphodeline lutea king's spear zone 6 pfaf4 herbaceous perennial

Berberis buxifolia Magellan barberry zone4 pfaf4 evergreen shrub to 8 feet
Berberis vulgaris common barberry zone 3 pfaf3

Calendula officinalis pot marigold pfaf3, pfaf medicinal5
Camassia leichtlinii large camas pfaf4 bulb
Campanula cochleariifolia Fairies thimbles pfaf4 leaves
Campanula glomerata clustered bellflower pfaf4 leaves
Campanula poscharskyana trailing bellflower pfaf4 leaves flowers
Campanula punctataSpotted bellflower zone 5 pfaf4 leaves flowers
Caragana arborescens zone 2 pfaf5 beans on a tree
Coriandrum sativum (coriander) annual pfaf4
Cornus canadensis zone2  pfaf 4 small groundcover
Cornus mas zone4 pfaf 4  shrub
Corylus americana zone4 pfaf3 small shrub (small nut)
Corylus avellana zone4 pfaf5 small tree (nut)
Corylus cornuta zone4 pfaf3 shrub(small nut)
Crambe cordifolia zone5 pfaf3 perennial forb, cabbage-like large ground cover
Crataegus arnoldiana zone5 pfaf5 tree
Crataegus douglasii zone4 pfaf5 (native in parts of Alaska)
Crataegus laevigata zone4 pfaf3edible but pfaf5 medicinal-lowers blood pressure, heart tonic
Crataegus macrosperma zone? pfaf3 large fruit
Crataegus mollis zone4 pfaf4
Crataegus pedicellata zone4 pfaf5
Crataegus submollis zone4 pfaf4
Crataegus succulenta zone4 pfaf4



 
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