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.
||white (late summer)
||ordinary garden soil
||reseeds in our garden
Flowers first year from seed sown indoors early.
detailed seed-starting info below
|Seed ripens||late August|
This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...
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|nene||Mar 17, 2011||when was it first found?|
|scotsgran||Mar 29, 2012||Hi Rob, I'm a member of a group Grows on you and one of our members recently purchased a plant and showed a photo of it on Goy. As I like foliage but also wanted to see what the flowers looked like I googled it and came up with this web site which says it is extinct in the wild in Europe. I'm sure they would be interested in hearing it self seeds for you and maybe testing your soil to help save it. http://www.iucnredlist.org/apps/redlist/details/61670/0 regards Scotsgran. |
Very interesting. I haven't found the seed to be difficult to germinate (in sterile media), so I doubt inhibition of germination by location-specific mechanisms within the seed is at play. I received my original seed years ago in a trade from Europe, but haven't seen much mention of it since.
- Seed from '01 trade. Baggy 70F with light (28%G, 5-14d)
- Baggy 70F with light (84%G, 12-19d)
- Seed from '11 garden. Baggy 70F with light (47%G, 7-19d)
- Same seed as above. Baggy 70F with light (30%G, 10-20d)
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