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Is this a wild chrysanthemum?

Posted by jacqueline3 9CA (My Page) on
Mon, Aug 13, 12 at 20:18

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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RE: Is this a wild chrysanthemum?

It looks like Saponaria, not native.

Here is a link that might be useful: Saponaria

RE: Is this a wild chrysanthemum?

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

RE: Is this a wild chrysanthemum?

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.


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