Linnea borealis ???????

flowersandthings(MidAtlantic 6/7)July 30, 2004

Has anyone grown this beautiful little native plant....... ??????? linnea borealis ??????? Here's a link:

http://www.ct-botanical-society.org/galleries/linnaeabore.html

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Here is a link that might be useful: link

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david_5311(Z 5b/6a SE Mich)

I have not grown it myself but have seen it many, many times in the wilds of northern Michigan. A classic plant of the boreal forest, and to some extent, the transition zone between the boreal forest and the eastern deciduous forest. It is a delicate beauty, in the upper great lakes, found with Cornus canadensis, starflower, fringed polygala, and lots of rare orchids. It is primarily a plant of acid organic soils, and is commonly found growing over rotting logs covered with moss.

I would think the great problem for you in cultivating this plant would be summer heat. Unless you are in the mountains where you are, it seems unlikely that it would tolerate the warm summer temps. But that is a guess from knowing it in its native habitat, not from having grown it.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2004 at 11:07PM
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flowersandthings(MidAtlantic 6/7)

Linnaea borealis is supposed to grow all over the northeast.... including new jersey maryland and delaware..... it is supposed to be endangered in my state though so I would like to grow it....... :)

    Bookmark   July 30, 2004 at 11:23PM
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franeli(z4 NH)

I've seen this in the wild only once during my 10+years of hiking at about 4000 feet in the White Mnts of NH. Very tiny flowers,
1/2" here in the Whites,blooming end of July.
Are seeds or plants available for Linnea Borealis?

    Bookmark   July 31, 2004 at 7:49PM
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ginger_nh(z4 NH)

Yes - look for plants from Van Berkum's Nursery in Deerfield, NH. They are small year old plants in black 2 qt square pots at many garden centers in New England. VB's is a small wholesale nusery specializing in the propagation and sale of New England woodland plants. I just planted a flat of VB linnea borealis for a client last month.

Where are you in NH? I am in the Lakes Region.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2004 at 9:29PM
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franeli(z4 NH)

ginger, thanks for the info on the twin flower! I had no idea that there was a place in NH that propagated woodland plants. Somehow, I always thought it was only Garden in the Woods in Framingham, Mass.
I'm in the hills of Lyme and have a camp in Center Sandwich.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2004 at 7:26AM
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aka_peggy(Central Md 6b)

Oh my...I was in Deerfield last weekend. My best friend just bought a beautiful old house right in the center of town. I didn't know about this place and apparently neither does she. I'll be sure to let her know.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2004 at 7:52AM
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ginger_nh(z4 NH)

Franeli-
E-mail me if you need any help obtaining twinflower.
G.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2004 at 9:08PM
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aka_peggy(Central Md 6b)

Unfortunately Van Berkum's Nursery only does wholesale:( Or at least that's what their site says.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2004 at 5:39PM
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ginger_nh(z4 NH)

True, but you can ask them about a retailer in your area who carries their plants. Or you can find a nursery, garden center, garden design/install business, or landscaper to obtain the plants for you.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2004 at 11:15AM
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plantfreak(z9aKyushuJapan)

Many sources are out there! Here's a link to a nursery in MN. The plants cost $6.99. PF

Here is a link that might be useful: Source

    Bookmark   August 8, 2004 at 8:11PM
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aka_peggy(Central Md 6b)

Thanks for the link PF. I thought it would be nice tho that my best friend in the whole world lives in Deerfield AND there's an awesome native plant nursery there too. Oh well, I guess you can't have everything.

But I'll ask her to pay them a visit nevertheless, sounds like an interesting place.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2004 at 8:57PM
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