|Burnished leaf in late 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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|sonja||Feb 20, 2012||sow seed on surface,do not cover. keep moist but not wet,with dome on, 70F.
it will germinate rapidly |
|rogergreatorex@yahoo||Jan 16, 2015||I saw astilboides tabularis at RHS Harlow Carr. The leaves were incredible-pointed like the blade of a circular saw. Yours seem more rounded and blunt.
Do they change as the plant matures, or is it a different variety ?|
Different cultivars can have different leaf shapes. Beyond the first year when they are just getting established, I would not expect the leaf shape of a particular plant to change.
|Elli||Apr 21, 2015||Glad to find this useful info on this plant I love! Thanks!
I have a question; how long are the seedlings 'small' - do they come into maturity the first season or is it next/third season? Thanks for any input in this! :-) Have a great day! |
They definitely stay small in their first year (I've had a hard time getting them through their first year). After that, it depends on how happy they are. Perhaps reaching mature size by year 3 or 4.
- Seed from '02 trade. Baggy 70F (50%G, starting 7d)
- Same seed as above. Baggy 65F (60%G, 11-24d)
- Seed from '04 garden. Baggy 65F (just a few G from chaffy mixture: the elongated brown ones; 8-13d)
- Same seed as above. Baggy 65F (selected seeds according to description above; 16%G, 18-20d). Seed probably lost viability.
- Seed from '07 garden. Baggy 65F (80%G, 10-17d)
- Same seed as above. Baggy 65F (65%G, 11-15d)
- Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (17%G, 21-30d); seedlings did not develop
- Same seed as above. Pot 70F, barely covered (no G, 8w)
- 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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