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Lysimachia minoricensis

Lysimachia minoricensis
Family myrsinaceae
Life cycle perennial?
Flowers white (late summer)
Size 12"
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil
From seed reseeds in our garden
Flowers first year from seed sown indoors early.
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripenslate August

Given its attractively variegated foliage, I'm surprised this plant isn't more common. Primarily a foliage plant, although we allow the flowers to develop and set seed: even though it is listed as a perennial, they very rarely survive the winter in our garden – perhaps not surprising, as they are (or were) endemic to the island of Menorca in the sub-tropical Mediterranean. Some years they self-seed rather vigorously (easy to pull up, luckily), while other years they seem to disappear altogether. So far, there's always been some straggler volunteers (sometimes a couple years after I thought we had lost this little beauty from our garden), and I try to collect seed whenever the opportunity presents itself as insurance.

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '01 trade. Baggy 70F with light (28%G, 5-14d)
  2. Baggy 70F with light (84%G, 12-19d)
  3. Seed from '11 garden. Baggy 70F with light (47%G, 7-19d)
  4. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F with light (30%G, 10-20d)

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