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Cistanthe umbellata

Cistanthe umbellata
First-year plant, late May
Mt Hood pussypaws
Another attempt, in trough, early June
Synonym(s) Calyptridium umbellatum
Common name Mt Hood pussypaws
Family portulacaceae
Life cycle annual/perennial
Flowers pink
Light sun

Short-lived perennial native to the western United States. Forms a rosette of slightly succulent spoon-shaped leaves, with soft-pink flower clusters (indeed resembling cat paws) on stems above. In my first attempt (2014), all my seedlings died in summer. Trying again in 2015, keeping my one plant in a small trough.

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '13 trade. Baggy 70F (25%G, 11-22d). Also baggy 35F (7w) - 70F (65%G, 4-11d)
  2. Same seed as above. Baggy 35F (7w) - 70F (30%G, 4-7d)

Looks like some cold treatment may be beneficial.

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