||Isotoma axillaris; Solenopsis axillaris
||blue star creeper
||germinate at room temperature
Flowers first year from seed sown indoors early.
detailed seed-starting info below
|I'm confused about this one, don't know if it's an annual or a (tender) perennial. But I know that I love the blue flowers on the low-growing mounds of mid-green foliage - they started blooming in late July - perhaps I should start my seed earlier next year. |
Uh oh - last year's plants didn't set seed, and the original batch didn't germinate. Looks like I'll be doing without until I get some new seed.
This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...
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|susan kelly||Mar 08, 2005||I am a designer working on a project. I need bulk quantities of Blue Star Creeper seeds. Do you know where I can get them, esp. wholesale? Thank you. |
|jacqueline||Jun 07, 2005||i'm looking for seeds of pratia pedunculata (blue star creeper). also listed in sunset gardening book as isotoma fluviatilis and laurentia fluviatilis but doesnt look like your picture--leaves are more rounded. need lots of them. know of any sources?|
I'm afraid I lost this myself, and haven't been able to re-establish from seed. I'll be looking out for some this autumn.
|Mary Beth||Oct 28, 2005||I found this seed in the Pinetree Garden Seeds '05 catalog yesterday but could not find any info about it, only to realize after some research that they have it misspelled as Isatoma. It is an annual. It is item #86801. Your site helped me to confirm this . Thanks. Hope this helps you.|
Sure does, Mary Beth - I'll probably buy a packet from them. Thanks for the information.
|Yvonne Prete||Apr 09, 2009||I have three plants of this,looking just like your picture, which i wintered over in my window for two years, producing fountains of blue star flowers last year, and I hope this year. It likes to be cut back harshly, and the cuttings root easily in water or soil, producing smaller flowering plants later in the summer. It hasn't blossomed in the house, so it may be light-dependent. I'm wondering if it will self-sow in zones 5 and 6.|
|Merrideth@RockledgeGardens||Jun 30, 2009||Don't confuse this plant "Blue Stars" with another Laurentia, fluviatilis, which is "Blue Star Creeper". Very different looking flowers....|
|mark||Jun 09, 2010||where is it a native?|
It hails from tropical Australia.
|Llaurentia Axillaris - Annie's Annuals h||Jun 14, 2010||Love your site! I got blue stars from my local nursery in Santa Cruz, northern California, May 2010. They get it from Annie's Annuals near Berkeley. Annie sells her plants online.|
|Norma||Jul 02, 2011||Have purchased Isotoma in the past and put in flower tub as two single plants abot 12 inches spread and these have flowered all summer and grew the following year as well. Have just purchased another, but labelled as laurentia and this says it is a perennial.|
Indeed, there's a lot of confusion around these species. I'd love a perennial version!
|Charles Kauffman||Apr 13, 2012||Where can I buy seeds for Laurentia Fluviatilis?
|Tom Lawrence||Jun 14, 2015||Lovely plant - it's an annual.|
- Seed from '02 trade. Baggy 70F (67%G, 10-13d)
- Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (68%G, 11-16d)
- Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (21d) - 70F with light (4w). No G.
- Seed from '05 trade. Baggy 70F (85%G, 8-12d)
- Seed from '10 trade for "Laurentia sp.". Baggy 70F (76%G, 8-12d)
- Seed from '10 trade for "Laurentia sp.". Baggy 70F (80+%G, 9-15d)
- Seed from '10 trade for "Laurentia sp.". Baggy 70F (72%G, 9-15d)
- Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (no G, 27d)
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