Pipsissewa

moconApril 5, 2011

I'm just wondering, does anyone else on this forum have any information on growing Srriped Pipsissewa (Chimaphila maculata) from seed ? Several times, in the spring, I've gathered the little seed-pods and sowed the very tiny, dust-like seed (at least, I think it's the seed) but I've never had any germination, even though I've kept the container outside for a year, and it's been through several seasons of freezing and thawing. Any help or information would be appreciated.

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ncrescue

Cullina writes that he has never been successful with these seeds, but he has been successful with cuttings. I have not tried this as they are plentiful around here. Can you get some to try? Check Cullina for more details.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2011 at 7:18PM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

There is a chapter on pipsissewa in Planting the Future: Saving Our Medicinal Herbs ed. by Rosemary Gladstar & Pamela Hirsch. The chapter on pipsissewa is written by Stephen Harrod Buhner. The first sentence in the Propagation and Cultivation section for pipsissewa is: "Though the plants produce seeds it is nearly impossible to propagate from them." If a local library has a copy of the book, you may wish to read the rest of the chapter on this plant.

FataMorgana

    Bookmark   April 6, 2011 at 7:41AM
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