Lupinus lepidus var. utahensis... not a current photo, needless to say ;-) :
So, again I ask, what's the secret to getting these through more than a year or two of existence? Any breakthroughs yet?
*Sound of crickets chirping...*
Okay, here's another one! Androsace chamaejasme, mid-July, 2200m elevation:
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm
I think lupines are not very long-lived in general. Sowing the seed in situ helps to prolong their lives, but not by much. I once had a vigorous colony of L. argenteus, the plants were seeding all over, and I began to feel very smug, at which point all of them died.
The little ones, like L. lepidus and L. caespitosus, hate to be transplanted. They hate it so much that they will pretend to have survived, which makes it even worse.
extreme western edge of Denver, Colorado; elevation 1705.6 meters, average annual precipitation 30cm; refuses to look at thermometer if it threatens to go below -17C
I've had the same results that Bob describes with L. argenteus and L. sericeus. They live just long enough to make you think you have them figured out, and then they don't.
zone 4a/5a, Missoula, Montana
I've had some welcome dumb luck with Lupinus argenteus, surprisingly, I guess. I bought a plant from a native plant vendor here in 2003 and have had it since. I found it very interesting to find that it spreads rhizomatously by bright yellow, ropy roots! New plants pop up from these a couple of feet away from the parent. That said, it's never been rambunctiously invasive.
Here it is in 2004 and in 2013.
It has also sent a root or two out under the fence, where it's produced both the normal violet-flowered plants and a rather nice, pink-flowered one, out along the sidewalk (below):
On the other hand, maybe this means it's about to disappear...
Lori, does your rhizomatous species set viable seeds? It doesn't look quite like what pops up when Googling it. Can it be a hybrid?
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!
What amazingly sharp eyes you must have! What species do you think are involved in it?
I haven't grown the seeds myself but I have given them to a friend who told me he had successful germination.
Thanks to recent very warm temperatures, Colchicum bulbocodium (Bulbocodium vernum) started blooming on March 11, almost a month earlier than last year, and a few days earlier than the earliest of recent years. (It looks like 2005 is still the record-holder with it blooming on March 5.) This is not yet "spring", by the way - just a teaser. We'll have another foot of snow before winter gives up, if history can be counted on.
I went out to look at them yesterday and found 7 honeybees tussling over them. These are probably the only flowers within several miles. How on earth do they find them?
Well, my eyes were keener 10 years ago but even then I wouldn't have any idea regarding possible parents! I just struck me when I googled the name that it could be a hybrid because they looked a bit different to me. I am probably wrong of course!
Nice Bulbocodiums, I have no luck with them here. Haven't seen any honeybees either but lots of bumblebees.
Lupinus lepidus, this plant is several years old. i keep things very dry in this garden. I should add that i never let them set seed if i can help it. If you let this plant set seed you will never be able to get rid of it.
Eagle, Idaho Zone 3?
Elevation 2600', Annual precipitation 11" avg.
Against boredom even the gods struggle in vain"
Well, chances are it would take some time before one would want to be rid of it! ;-)
Good info. Thanks, Jim.
I wouldn't mind if I got that one to self seed in my garden!