Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Callianthemum

I purchased this plant last year from Broken Silo Nursery in Michigan as Callianthemum sp. Serowitz.  This is likely to be Callianthemum anemonoides.  Whatever the name this thing is cool and also the first time I have been successfully able to grow any Callianthemum.  Despite their affinity for mountainous regions, this species demands a moist, woodsy soil, and shuns the rocky, drier soils suited to many other alpines.  Admittedly I have only grown this in a container, but even i last year's heat it just kept on growing.  Outside I would plant this in a raised bed with moisture retentive soil and morning sun.  Hopefully it is self fertile and there will be some seedlings to experiment with in the future.  This is a group of plants I would like to try more of!


To give and idea of size, this entire plant is growing in a 14 cm diameter container. The curiously swollen peduncle is interesting in it's own right.


The label is about 10 cm in length.


2 comments:

  1. Peter I have always admired this genus from a distance. With my crude cultural methods and sheer neglect, I have never been tempted to grow this beauty. Always hoped to see some good specimens in rockeries of the rockies. Great job bringing it closer to home. Hope it is going strong five years from now.

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  2. Mark I always thought of this as one of those plants that would not make it in the midwest. Much to my surprise the plant sailed through last years heat (in a container). Now it appears to be setting copious amounts of seed. Hopefully they will be fertile and I can raise a boatload of them!

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