Muhlenbergia reverchonii seeds?

barb_from_london(6a)February 27, 2013

Hi, I was hoping someone on this forum may know of a seed source for Muhlenbergia reverchonii. It's a little known native grass only found in northern Texas and south Oklahoma, but apparently it's hardy to USDA 5. It resembles M. capillaris with the pink blooms, but seems it would be more reliably hardy in my area.
So it's a long shot, but if anyone knows of a seed source (I'm in Canada so the actual plant would be too expensive for me, don't want to pay for all the phytosanitary certificates) for this Texan native, or a lead on one, I'd really appreciate you sharing the information...
I seem to want to grow Mexican and Texan plants lately (I've got Salvia greggii, Salvia leucantha, Salvia microphylla, and Leucanthemum frutescens started), must be losing my mind due to prolonged winter conditions here!
I did find a company that sold it in plant form, and asked if they also sold seed, but they haven't replied so I'm guessing that's a negative. Here's the photo from the website.

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donn_(7b-8a)

I checked all my seed sources and struck out (although I did learn it requires cold stratification in order to germinate).

Try posting on the Texas Gardening Forum and the main seed exchange. The seed is collected in November, so you have plenty of time to set up a deal with someone who grows it or knows where to find a stand.

Try contacting Scott and Lauren Ogden...website linked below. They originally introduced the plant.

Keep in mind, you may not be able to grow the 'Autumn Embers' cultivar from collected seed.

Here is a link that might be useful: Plant Driven Design

    Bookmark   February 28, 2013 at 9:08AM
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mdahms1979

Barb I am wondering if you ever tried the M. capillaris and if it was hardy in the ground for you? I recently ordered seed so I will be experimenting with this grass as I read that it has been found growing naturally amongst the fallen rock debris on the American side of Niagara Falls. We are a bit colder than the Niagara region but still I think it's worth a try.

Mike

    Bookmark   March 7, 2013 at 1:18PM
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barb_from_london(6a)

Thanks for the replies! It's funny, I'm just reading Plant Driven Design right now - wonderful book, very inspirational. I will try the Texas seed exchange, great idea.

Mike, I haven't tried M. capillaris yet but would like to if I could get some stock. I once ordered seed and for whatever reason got 0% germination, so I'm hoping it was just bad seed, not bad technique...hope yours germinates well. If you get lots maybe we could do a small trade - I started some Smithianthas from seed, are you still into gesneriads?

    Bookmark   April 13, 2013 at 11:44PM
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mdahms1979

I'll let you know how the grasses and sedges go. Hopefully I will have enough to share.
Yes I am still into Gesnerids. I'll be going to the Convention in Toronto this year as well.

Mike

    Bookmark   April 17, 2013 at 10:38PM
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