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Re: Bloodroot... WOW


I grow the 'flore pleno' variety, at least that's what it was labeled when I
purchased it 8 years ago. What I have certainly has more than 14 to 16
petals and has a flower size of 2 to 2.5 inches. I have divided the single
plant into what is now 4 "clumps" and find that it multiplies in my shade
bed as well as the single. It appears sterile since I have yet to see a seed


----- Original Message -----
From: "CBRIAN" <CBRIAN@attcanada.ca>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, January 04, 2003 2:19 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Bloodroot... WOW

> <The clumps are literally covered with flowers, some reaching 3.25 inches
> diameter.>
> 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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