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Polemonium pauciflorum

Polemonium pauciflorum
Polemonium pauciflorum

Family polemoniaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z3-7)
Flowers yellow (May-June)
Size 12"
Light full sun-part shade
Cultural notes well-drained soil
From seed germinate at room temperature
Flowers first year from seed sown indoors early.
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripensearly July

I don't know what it is with this plant, but its seed seems to be happiest as an imposter. So far, we've managed to grow it twice; once from seed for P. viscosum (a blue species), and then from seed labeled P. foliosissimum ssp. flavum, which blooms in fall instead of spring. The red-tinged yellow trumpet flowers look like photos of P. pauciflorum I've found, so this is my tentative identification. So far, we've found them to be finnicky - if sowed indoors early enough, they will bloom in their first year, but often will fail to return for a second year. But just as I was content to consider them annual in our climate (much like several other non-blue polemonium species I've tried), I had a few survive winter in 2008. We'll see if they stick around a while longer.
We were surprised one spring (two seasons after we had first grown them) to find several self-seeded plants, blooming. I find it's actually more charming when mixed at random into other plantings than when purposely planted in groups together. I guess it fits nicely into my messy style of gardening.

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 '03 trade. Baggy 70F (64%G, 4-9d)
  2. Seed from '04 garden. Baggy 70F (45%G, 4-11d)
  3. Seed labeled 'foliosissimum flavum' from '06 trade. Baggy 70F with light (90%G, 5-7d)
  4. Seed from '09 garden. Baggy 70F (43%G, 6-10d)
  5. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (26%G, 6-13d)
  6. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (3%G, 9-19d). Only 1% developed.

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