Re: Bloodroot... WOW
A friend gave me the multiplex, but it didn't survive. Only saw one flower
on it, many-petaled but small. Other than that I've only grown the plain
species (however, plain is far from being the right word to describe this
lovely bloodroot). As to fertility, I don't know at this point.
> [Original Message]
> From: CBRIAN <CBRIAN@attcanada.ca>
> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Date: 1/4/2003 2:19:25 AM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Bloodroot... WOW
> <The clumps are literally covered with flowers, some reaching 3.25 inches
> WOW . . . more than three inches. Sounds like a must have.
> I am growing the fully double beautiful bloodroot variety that was almost
> lost to cultivation. This mutation was discovered in Dayton, Ohio in 1916.
> It differed from our native variety in that it is sterile; it can have
> long lasting petals rather than the eight or twelve flighty ones of the
> native variety; it has larger leaves and rhizomes; and it cannot survive
> without regular division. If left alone, it crowds to the surface where it
> dries and dies. This was the fate of the discoverer's colony after his
> in 1966. A rhizome had been given to the famed plant hunter, E.H. Wilson
> who named it 'Sanguinaria canadensis variety multiplex' to distinguish it
> from the fourteen to sixteen petalled variety, 'flore- pleno' but it
> apparently suffered a similar fate after Wilson's tragic death. Another
> rhizome was given to Henry Teuscher, the director emeritus of the Montreal
> Botanical Garden, who generously propagated it and shared it with
> around the world, ensuring its survival.
> To me, the survival of this beautiful bloodroot mutation not only
> the importance of keen botanical observation but also the importance of
> sharing our horticultural treasures.
> Does anybody grow the 'flore pleno ' variety? Can it and the 'TN'
> produce seed or are they sterile as well?
> Brian Carson Zn5a
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