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 Post subject: Sunshine Farm & Gardens
PostPosted: Sun Jan 04, 2009 6:20 pm 
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Dodecatheon meadia
Well, maybe that's a bit of a stretch, but "Shooting Stars" is the common name for Dodecatheon meadia and you really don't have to stretch your imagination too far to see how folks arrived at that moniker. Here's a very unusual, easy to grow early Spring ephemeral wildflower that's native to 27 states east of the Mississippi, yet will find itself happy and at home just about anywhere.

Dodecatheon meadia is a member of the Primula family, closely related to Cyclamen and Primrose.

The form I've been growing for the past few decades is actually referred to as Dodecatheon meadia Alba. It's a pure white form and just so happens to be wonderfully fragrant. From a basal rosette, when there's not much else going on in the garden, multiple, sturdy, wiry stems emerge and shoot skyward to 24" tall. Seemingly overnight, clusters of upright buds, each on its own wiry little stem, appear. As these swelling buds age, they slowly turn downwards and open to create delightfully, unusually shaped pendulous flowers that "hang around" for quite a while.

The pollinated flowers set copious amounts of seed and before you know it, you'll have your own natural colony of Shooting Stars.

Being a woodland plant, they naturally occur in the shade, but can easily handle sun as there really are no leaves on the trees in the early time of Spring that these guys are up and out. Dodecatheon meadia doesn't appear to be too concerned about soil type or texture, pH or moisture conditions.

And as an added benefit, as with other members of this family such as Primroses, the deer pay them no mind.



Happy Gardening,
Barry
Barry Glick aka Glicksterus maximus aka The Cyber-Plantsman
Sunshine Farm & Gardens
HC 67 Box 539 B
Renick WV 24966 USA
304-497-2208
EMAIL - barry@sunfarm.com

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 05, 2009 4:02 pm 
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I love all ferns, but pressed to come up with a favorite, I'd have to say that it's Osmunda claytoniana, the "Interrupted Fern". This extremely easy to grow native fern makes up one third of the US Osmunda family. The other two relatives are Osmunda regalis, the "Royal Fern" and Osmunda cinnamomea, the "Cinnamon Fern", but more about those cousins later. Now at this point you're probably wondering about the common name, "Interrupted Fern", aren't you? Well, to explain that moniker visually, I've included a second image below that illustrates the very unusual means that this fern has evolved with to produce its spores. On a mature plant, the vegetative fronds commence growth in early Spring and then abruptly stop. At this juncture, fertile spores are produced and then vegetative growth restarts. Quite an unusual reproductive system, I must say. As far as I know, this habit is unique to this species alone.

Osmunda claytoniana is easily grown in medium to moist, even wet soils in part shade to full shade. In its native habitats, it usually is found in moist, rich, humusy, acidic soils, but happily adapts to much lesser conditions.

The plants in the images below are growing along a rock wall in my garden and have been in place about 10 years. A few years ago, a mature apple tree succumbed to ferocious Winter winds and blew over exposing the ferns to full, hot afternoon sun. They've adapted quite well and are now over 5 feet tall.

Their impressive stature is a welcome addition to every type of garden whether it's a mixed perennial border, a wild native or woodland garden or even in a formal setting.

Besides spores, they reproduce by offsets, but very slowly and never aggressively.

In all my 30 + years of growing this magnificent fern, I've never seen a deer or any other varmint bother with it. I've also never encountered any other insect, pest or disease problems.

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There is quite an abundance of Osmunda claytoniana here now for me to share with you, and I promise that you will enjoy growing them and treasure their presence in your garden as much as I do them in mine.

What I'll be sending you are very large, 5 year old bareroot plants in active growth. They'll arrive on your doorstep with their roots wrapped in long fibered, unmilled sphagnum moss. This biodegradable material is antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and a very useful material.

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Ordering couldn't be easier! Just fill out the order form at http://www.sunfarm.com/orderform.pdf

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This is a retail mailing. If you are a nursery, garden center, landscape architect or garden designer etc, please make sure that you are also on my wholesale mailing list by emailing me at my personal email address - barry@sunfarm.com - with the words WHOLESALE LIST in all caps in the subject line.

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Happy Gardening,
Barry
Barry Glick aka Glicksterus maximus aka The Cyber-Plantsman
Sunshine Farm & Gardens
HC 67 Box 539 B
Renick WV 24966 USA
304-497-2208
EMAIL - barry@sunfarm.com

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