Disappointing Native Flowers
Hi all--My garden is a mix of cottage garden favorites and native plants.
My impression of native flowers has really been mixed. For example, I've started prairie larkspur from seed every year for the last 3 years. The seedlings seemed very slow growing and germination is probably about 25% at best. Despite these pitfalls I would end up placing one or two of the tiny seedlings out in the garden.
Well, this year I spied a flower amid my malva and thought--if I didn't know better that looks like prairie larkspur. After looking at some pics of it online, I am pretty sure that's what it is.
I will post a pic of it later, but if this is it all I can say is what an unimpressive plant. Hardly worth the coddling. Makes me consider pulling the few seedlings I planted this spring.
I've had a similar experience with purple milkweed (aka swamp milkweed). Poor germinations, tiny seedlings, they have been in the garden for 2-3 years and grown slowly. They may flower this year. Hopefully their blooms are worth all this patience and fussing. Otherwise, compost pile for them too.
What native plants have you had satisfying experience with?
So far, my happy experiences have been:
Penstemon digitalis (large beardtongue, pretty flower, but too early and short lived flower)