Is this a wild chrysanthemum?

jacqueline9CAAugust 13, 2012

I have no idea if this is a native plant - it is some sort of chrysanthemum, I think - looks like it AND smells like it. It could be a very old garden variety - I found a stand of them along a road in an old "gold country" area in No Cal - the sort of area that had a population in 1860 that was 10 times what it is now.

Any thoughts? Appreciate your opinions!


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It looks like Saponaria, not native.

Here is a link that might be useful: Saponaria

    Bookmark   August 14, 2012 at 8:19AM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

And it is the double form, usually single, like the blooms to the right of the picture. Saponaria officinalis aka Bouncing Bet or Soapwort.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2012 at 11:29AM
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Thanks so much! I realized that I goofed when I said Chrysanthemum - of course I meant carnation (starts with a c......). I really appreciate you guys letting me know what it is. I will look it up and see if it is related to carnations.


    Bookmark   August 15, 2012 at 10:26AM
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