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Triodanis perfoliata

 
Triodanis perfoliata

Synonym(s) Specularia perfoliata
Common name clasping Venus' looking glass
Family campanulaceae
Life cycle annual
Flowers purple-blue
Size 6-12"
Light sun

Annual wildflower, widely distributed through North America. Both flowers and leaves are arranged tightly around whispy upright stems; the species name refers to the arrangement of the leaves clasping around the stem, visible in the photo here. I attempted to grow this from seed several years, and a few times got seedlings but no flowering plants. On my third attempt, I must have done something right, because I now have flowers. Not that they contribute much to the garden, being both wildflowerishly sparse and planted in our nursery holding area - but it's good to see them strut what they got anyways.

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 '05 trade. Baggy 35F (~80%G, 7-8w)
  2. Same seed as above. Baggy 35F (8w) - 70F (some G, 4-7d)

Not sure if cold is necessary for germination, but it sure didn't hurt.


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