I got this in May at the HPS/MAG plant sale, sized like a seedling, labeled 'Apache Sunset'. Two months later, it had grown large enough to flower, although it was still a small plant. Supposedly the foliage smells like root beer - I'll have to remember to try that sometime. The original plant didn't survive the winter, and seedlings that appeared the following year didn't reach blooming size. A few years later, I purchased a new plant (this time without a cultivar name), which so far has survived at least one winter, blooming more profusely in the second year than our first specimen ever did.
||soft orange (summer)
||germinate at room temperature with exposure to light; germination may be spotty
Flowers first year from seed sown indoors early.
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|I'm not sure of this one's identity. It lives in our front lane garden, where A. rupestris once lived and may have self-seeded; it is also where I planted some A. pallida var. pallida last year, but the leaves don't look like a match for that species.
We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.
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|Rhonda Freedman||May 25, 2006||I suspect it may have had other issues, maybe too wet over winter? I live in southwest Michigan, zone 5 and have had no trouble with it returning even without mulch. It is a lovely plant. I do so love your website. If I lived closer, I would attend your sale as well.|
You may be right - although ours was growing in a raised bed, where drainage should have been better than average. I think I noticed a few seedlings returning this year - keeping my fingers crossed...
|Penny||Jun 28, 2011||I wintersowed my first A. rupestris. It has survived in one bed at least 6 or 7 yeers now in my weestern NY garden. I have since gotten several seedlings that are going on their 3rd year. I did lose one of the younger plants when all the spring rain washed some of the soil off the roots as it was going on a downward slope but have many more seedlings from that plant this spring to take up the slack.
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- Seed from '02 HPS/MAG distribution. Baggy 70F (4w) - 35F (5w) - 70F (3w; no G)
- Seed from '04 garden. Baggy 70F with light (25%G, 3d)
- Seed from '12 garden. Baggy 70F with light (42%G, 5-8d)
Seeds that look perfectly plump and viable just won't germinate. I guess it's finnicky about life.
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