Deciduous shrub whose tubular flowers are framed by red bracts. They are replaced by edible brown berries. Supposedly, they are not quite hardy in our zone 6 garden, but I tried them nonetheless, and was pleased to see that the majority of my 2014 seedlings made it through winter (which was not particularly mild, with some sub-zero temperatures). The picture at right shows a seedling: the purplish coloration to the leaves developed after moving the plants out from the basement into the open garden.
||pink/white (late summer - fall)
||ordinary garden soil
Spring regrowth on the saplings came from low on the stems, higher up was dead. So it looks like it will grow as a die-back shrub here. I wasn't sure if it would bloom on new wood, so I was pleasantly surprised to see the first flower in mid-August.
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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|Jeanette Broekhuis||Aug 15, 2014||Has this one grown for you? I've just been given a nice good-sized plant by a neighbor after I admired it blooming profusely in many places in her garden. I'm trying to decide where to put it.|
So far, the seedlings have grown nicely. The real test will be the winter – if we have a cold one, my plants likely won't survive.
- Seed from HPS/MAG '13/'14 exchange. Baggy 70F (68%G, 16-18d). Also baggy 35F (4w) - 70F (82%G, 9-15d)
- Same seed as above, cold-stored. Baggy 35F (3w) - 70F (90%G, 14-17d)
- Same seed as above. Baggy 35F (3w) - 70F (no G, 14d).
Also seed for 'Golden Lanterns' from NARGS '17/'18 exchange. Baggy 70F (90%G, 9-12d)
Appears to germinate best with a short cold stage.
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