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Syneilesis aconitifolia

Syneilesis aconitifolia
shredded umbrella plant
Tubular pink buds open to curiously configured flowers

Common name shredded umbrella plant
Family asteraceae
Life cycle perennial (Z5-8)
Flowers white - pink
Size 18"
Light part shade
From seed germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below

I lusted after this plant for years, but kept receiving duds instead of seeds in my exchange attempts. Finally, in a NARGS exchange a few years ago, I got two lots of fat viable seeds (for the pink and white varieties), which promptly germinated. The deeply cut umbrella leaves of this species are even more impressive than those of S. palmata (which has lived in our garden for several years now) – the photos below show a side-by-side comparison of the two species. They don't reach any kind of impressive state until at least their third year of life, but make up for it by being long-lived.

Syneilesis aconitifolia
shredded umbrella plant
Syneilesis aconitifolia
Year three, April
shredded umbrella plant
Year three, May
Syneilesis aconitifolia

I was enamored of this vignette, showing a forest of newly emerging Syneilesis over a carpet of Phlox stolonifera undergrowth. Late April of 2014 – a year in which the garden is delayed by a week or two by cool conditions.

shredded umbrella plant

A closeup of a flower reveals its intricate and seemingly chaotic construction

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

One or more images of this plant are included in my stock photo catalog

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from NARGS '08/'09 exchange for pink-flowered variety: Baggy 70F (90%G, 5-8d).
    Seed from NARGS '08/'09 exchange for white-flowered variety: Baggy 70F (100%G, 8d).
  2. Seed from NARGS '08/'09 exchange. Baggy 70F (100%G, 5-7d)
  3. Seed from '14 garden. Baggy 70F (95%G, 5-15d)

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