Helonias bullata

sal_mando(z6a SW Ohio)February 2, 2005

I was wondering if anyone has any experience with this plant. I am putting in a bog garden this year and thought it would be a nice addition.

I'll post this message on the native plants forum also.

Thanks, Bob

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sleeplessinftwayne(z4-5 IND)

I looked this one up since it wasn't familiar.According to the link below it is a threatened species so I doubt you would be able to aquire the collected plant although the seed might be available through a licensed nursery. This paper says that in a season only 7 to 15 percent of the plants have any bloom so if the bloom is what attracts you, you would have to grow a lot of it. Even if you do grow it, it seems that to maintain it you would need a buffer zone of 500 feet to protect it from runoff, fertilizer, contaminants, etc. Sandy

Here is a link that might be useful: Swamp Pink

    Bookmark   February 22, 2005 at 11:33PM
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lilysgarden(5a N.H.)

If you're ever up in the New England neck of the woods than you may want to stop by the New England Wild Flower Society, where they propagate and sell many native and bog genus/species of plants, including Helonias bullata. The original plant that I had purchased (a our local NARGS 'rare' plant auction - many plants grown from seed by other members, etc) flowered the first spring after its summer planting...it has since just formed new plantlettes at its base... maybe I should divide it to see if that will promote more blossoms...now there's an idea. ;o)

Here is a link that might be useful: NEWFS plant list for 2005

    Bookmark   February 25, 2005 at 1:05PM
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sal_mando(z6a SW Ohio)

Hey, Lily
So, you got it to bloom! You are my new hero. I have heard a lot about the difficulty in getting it to bloom. I want one anyway.
I have stumbled upon that NEWFS site often - they have a lot of cool things listed. If only they shipped their plants.
What conditions do you have your swamp pink growing in?

Bob

    Bookmark   February 25, 2005 at 2:49PM
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fredsbog

Bob

I ran across Siskiyou rare plants on a post about helonias a while back. They do offer it for sale and do ship. Here's a link...you gotta buy them in groups of 3.

Here is a link that might be useful: siskiyou rare plants

    Bookmark   February 25, 2005 at 9:04PM
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wildlifehelper2000(MD)

I bought these seeds from them last year,but my never germinated. I don't think the seeds were fresh? And emailed 2 people that grow these plants,but they kept giving me the run around. Does any one have these?

    Bookmark   February 27, 2005 at 11:17PM
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