Plants I'm curious about

springcherry(6/7 Philly,PA)March 22, 2005

I am curious about the following plants:

Mitchella repens

Lathyrus vernus

Helianthus decapetalus

Goodyera pubescens

Clematis integrifolia

Selaginella braunii

Pimpinella major "rosea"

Plantago major "variegate"

Patrinia scabiosifolia

Campanula trachelium

Has anyone grown them? How do they behave? Do you think dappled light, zone 6/7, somewhat ammended clay soil would work for them or not? Can any of them be easily started from seed? I've been playing with plant books again, no one I know has grown these, and I'm always looking for practical, hands on advice. So if you've killed any of them (or gotten them to flourish) -- please let me know.

Thank you


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Mitchella repens (partridge berry) and Goodyera pubescens (rattlesnake plantain) - I grow both of these. I have not grown them from seed, but as rescued mature plants. I think the conditions you describe would be fine, that's pretty much what I've got. I even got a few flowers and berries on the mitchella last year. Both are evergreen for me in zone 7a.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2005 at 3:04PM
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Helianthus and patrinia need sun. The clematis (not a vining form) would prefer at least 4 hours, ditto the lathyrus. The rest will be fine in part shade. I don't do seeds, so no advice on that aspect.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2005 at 6:30PM
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springcherry(6/7 Philly,PA)

Thanks for the tips. I was hoping that this particular helianthus was more shade tolerant, since it is described as liking the area where meadow meets woods. As for the patrinia, sigh, I should have guessed anything so wonderfully yellow might want lots of sun.

I do have an area with 4-5 hours of miday sun, so I hope in time to do the clematis and lathyrus(if and when I can get the money together.) As for the partidge berry and plantain ... I am looking forward to planting them as well, thou under the same monetary restrictions.

The leaves of the rattlesnake plantain look really neat.


    Bookmark   March 23, 2005 at 8:04PM
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vtskiers(z6a CentralCT)

Springcherry, Patrinia grows just fine for me in 4-5 hours of midday sun. Here's a picture of it growing with Hydrangea 'Lemon Wave' and Alstromeria 'Sweet Laura'. I also have Helenium 'Mardi Gras' planted here-another plant that prefers full sun.


    Bookmark   March 24, 2005 at 8:50AM
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Patrinia is a dangerous one to have around if you like daylilies. Daylily rust doesn't winter over much north of VA but Patrinia will act as a cold weather host and allow it to survive. The rust will slowly weaken the daylilies and make them look terrible

    Bookmark   March 25, 2005 at 2:47PM
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springcherry(6/7 Philly,PA)

If the patrinia and day lillies were in different beds -- would that be alright?

VTSKIERS -- Wow, thank you, beautiful combo.


    Bookmark   March 29, 2005 at 11:11AM
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The daylily rust is wind born. So the answer is no. It isn't safe for miles.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2005 at 8:43AM
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springcherry(6/7 Philly,PA)

Well-- better to know now than to find out the hard way.

Thank you so much

    Bookmark   April 1, 2005 at 11:30AM
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