I grew this plant from seed a few years ago. It was supposed to be Campanula raineri but turned out to be something else. It died it's first winter outside but I'd really like to know what it is all the same. Does anyone recognize it?
It looks like Symphyandra wanneri... and since S. wanneri is often monocarpic (or biennial at best, according to Nicholls) that ID might fit its behavior, as well.
Thanks Alta! I never thought of looking at another genus. Symphyandra seems to fit the bill perfectly ..... :-) I think there's a volunteer growing in my rock wall, the foliage looks the same ..... hope it flowers next year :-)
Symphyandra and Campanula are both Campanulaceae and for some species, the differentiation seems somewhat unclear... for example Symphyandra hoffmannii just got moved to Campanula hoffmannii. (Not sure how many times it's gone back and forth?)
And has yours been monocarpic, biennial, or longer-lived, Rick?
Thanks again for the info .... I wasn't familiar with that genus so I'm very happy to have had a speciment from it :-) It's so confusing when they keep moving things around isn't it?
Hi Rick we crossed - it is a beauty isn't it? Wish it would stick around ...... so happy to finally have a name for this plant :-)
monocarpic, biennial, or longer-lived
This was the second year from seed, and first time blooming. The two that I kept that bloomed did die during the summer. Others I sold at our plant sale with the stipulation that they would probably monocarpic. A couple of the potted ones in their second year did not bloom and stayed as rosettes. Of course, they have not died yet.
Symphyandra armena, however, so far I am finding to be either biennial or short lived perennial. All mine are second year seedlings. All bloomed, but some croaked at the end of the summer, while others retained their earlier tuft of greenery, signaling another year in store, and continued life after seed production.
For some reason, I really had a difficult time getting a decent pic of these. The left one is monocarpic. The right I expect to live another year. This pic taken relatively early in their bloom season, and the difference became more evident as the summer progressed.
nice pics Ric - sorry if this is a dumb question, but what's monocarpic?
Monocarpic behavior means the plant dies after blooming, without producing offsets.
Edit: Or rather, any offsets it produced (if it is a species that does that), will die at that time as well.
This message was edited Feb 3, 2010 6:30 AM
OK, thanks :-) That sounds about right ...... shame though, such a pretty plant.