RE: Bloodroot... WOW
I am growing these double bloodroots also. I purchased my few original
rhizomes about 10 or 12 years ago labeled as 'Sanguinaria canadensis
multiplex'. They are lovely, but I don't think the flowers are over 3 inches
as you describe. I would guess most of them are about 2 inches across. I'm
not sure they have as many as 60 petals either, but certainly more than 10 or
12. The leaves are quite large, however, about 3-5 inches across. I'll have
to look more closely when they emerge in the Spring. They are the gem of my
Spring garden, looking like pristine miniature water lilies.
Hudson Valley, NY zone 5/6
In a message dated 1/6/03 8:31:26 AM Eastern Standard Time,
> <The clumps are literally covered with flowers, some reaching 3.25
> inches in 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 sixty 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 death 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 gardeners around the
> world, ensuring its survival.
> To me, the survival of this beautiful bloodroot mutation not only
> underlines 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'
> variety produce seed or are they sterile as well?
> Brian Carson Zn5a
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