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Limonium virgatum ssp. dictyocladum

Limonium virgatum ssp. dictyocladum
Limonium virgatum ssp. dictyocladum
Prehistoric-looking flower stems shooting up in early June

Family plumbaginaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers light blue
From seed germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below

Not a whole lot of information out there on this one. The few references I've found are from southern Europe, but the seed I started these from was sent to the NARGS seed exchange from Michigan - so I had some hope it would be hardy here. That hope was fading after my seedlings failed to survive the season for two years in a row – but just to show how perseverance sometimes pays off in the garden, the third try was finally successful. Maybe it was the even-better drainage I provided in the nursery area this time, perhaps it was the mild winter, but despite some frost-heaving in the winter, most of last year's seedlings survived, with their tiny spoon-shaped leaves partly turned shades of red and orange. I set a few of them out in the rock garden, where they started to bloom by mid-July. They're rather cuter than the photo above conveys.

Limonium virgatum ssp. dictyocladum
Holding its own after several nights of hard freezes...
Limonium virgatum ssp. dictyocladum
...and alive and kicking in late March
Limonium virgatum ssp. dictyocladum
Post-bloom: it's a jungle out there (a tiny one0

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 NARGS '08/'09 exchange. Baggy 70F (55%G, 4-8d)
  2. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (43%G, 4-9d)
  3. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (60%G, 5-11d)
  4. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (10%G, 7-12d)
  5. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (7/++ G, 10-30d)

Although viability decreases with age, some seeds remain viable for a good number of years. Easy enough to germinate and grow on.

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