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Astilboides tabularis

Astilboides tabularis
Astilboides tabularis
Astilboides tabularis
Burnished leaf in late September

Family saxifragaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z4-7)
Flowers white
Size 4'
Light part-full shade
Cultural notes moist garden soil
From seed germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripenslate September

Forms a clump of bold bright green foliage. Dark flowering stems with creamy white flowers. I love how the plant comes back in spring, around late April, with outlandishly crinkled leaves that would be right at home in an eery fairytale forest. It's an impressive plant that deserves a better place than the one we gave it along the back strip of our shade garden - but I'm afraid to give it much more sun, for fear of losing this marvellous oddity.

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '02 trade. Baggy 70F (50%G, starting 7d)
  2. Same seed as above. Baggy 65F (60%G, 11-24d)
  3. Seed from '04 garden. Baggy 65F (just a few G from chaffy mixture: the elongated brown ones; 8-13d)
  4. Same seed as above. Baggy 65F (selected seeds according to description above; 16%G, 18-20d). Seed probably lost viability.
  5. Seed from '07 garden. Baggy 65F (80%G, 10-17d)
  6. Same seed as above. Baggy 65F (65%G, 11-15d)
  7. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (17%G, 21-30d); seedlings did not develop
  8. Same seed as above. Pot 70F, barely covered (no G, 8w)
  9. Seed from NARGS '11/'12 exchange. Surface-sowed to pot at 70F (~20%G, 11-23d). Also baggy 70F with light (5%G, 17-28d)

Seed apparently remains viable for a few years. Seedlings stay small for a long time. Better survival rate when direct-sowed (as opposed to baggy germination).

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