Southwest native wildflower, blooms very early. The blue flowers appear over a backdrop of two-toned leaves.
This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...
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|Feb 01, 2023
|I adore this plant. It's remarkably fast to flower from seed--I winter-sowed some and direct-sowed others, and the direct-sown plants bloomed barely a week or two later, and all of them by the first half of June, which in my Z5 garden is saying something indeed. The remarkably dark and almost glowing flowers are actually the second-best part from my perspective; the best aspect of this plant is that it dies back very cleanly and quickly when it's finished flowering. It works better than many comparable blue flowers (forget-me-nots, cornflower, etc) to bulk out and provide interest in the spring, and then takes no space from the summer perennials. Win/win!
- Seed from '03 trade. Baggy, 70F (68%G, 4-7d)
- Seed from '10 trade. Baggy 70F (95%G, 4-6d)
- Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (89%G, 4-6d)
Seedlings have interestingly speckled cotyledons, and stretch a lot in early life.
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