Upright plant with attractive foliage, leaves arranged in threes. Pea-like flowers clustered as spikes on erect stalks are followed by seed pods tightly pressed against the old flower stalks. Ours flowers in early June.
||Carolina lupine, Aaron's rod
||full sun-part shade
||scarify seedcoat, germinate at room temperature or with bottom heat
detailed seed-starting info below
|The leaves are oblong with rounded tips. |
|Bees don't say no to the large flowers |
We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.
Seed for this plant is included on my seed trade list
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|Mary Anne Fink||Nov 18, 2009||How should I care for this plant for the winter? Is is best to let it stand, or should I cut it down? Will it grow anew in spring?|
The plant won't mind if you cut it down now or in early spring - and it should start pushing new growth by mid spring next year.
|Dailahn||Apr 18, 2010||This sounds like a good plant to put in my mini meadow. Am I right?|
I would think so - as long as it doesn't get smothered by taller or more agressive plants growing around it.
- Seed from AHS '00 distribution. Cellpack 70F (5%G, 16d). Also baggy 70F (11%G, 8d).
- Seed from '02 garden. Baggy 70F with light (several weeks) - 35F (several weeks) - 70F with light.
- Seed from '03 garden. Baggy 70F&75F (no G, 12 wks). Moved seeds to pot, set outside in mid-April. Germination started late May, continued into June, for total 25%G
- Same seed as above. Scarified hard with sandpaper, soaked 1d. Baggy 70F (25d) - 75F (55d; 68%G, 19-25d)
- Same seed as above. Scarified with sandpaper, soaked 2d. Baggy 75F (50+%G, 7-20d)
- Seed from '10 trade. Sandpapered, baggy 75F (12%G, 6-10d) - sandpapered again - (38%G, 8-17d)
- Same seed as above. Sandpapered, baggy 75F (84%G, 4-12d)
- Same seed as above. Sandpapered, baggy 75F (62%G, 7-18d). Non-germinated seeds had not swollen, would likely have responded to further scarification
- Same seeds as above. Sandpapered, baggy 70F (83%G, 10-24d)
The key to germination appears to be penetrating the seedcoat and providing adequate warmth.
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