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Mint Hill, NC
(Zone 7b)

March 23, 2009
1:07 PM

Post #6307329

This is beautiful; however, I have googled every possible configuration of the common names AND the scientific (I am interested in S. glabra, NOT chinensis) and cannot find it anywhere for purchase. It is on the watch list, "threatened" here in NC.
Little Rock, AR

March 23, 2009
4:55 PM

Post #6308322

I would love some of this also. Would you please post a source, if you find one? Thanks.
Fountain, FL
(Zone 8b)

March 23, 2009
6:31 PM

Post #6308737

This is the closest I can find right now.

Schisandra grandiflora var. rubriflora (Valentine™)
Mint Hill, NC
(Zone 7b)

March 23, 2009
7:06 PM

Post #6308879

This looks pretty good, Jacqueline! What appeals to me are the flowers, especially. I am really into using native plants, especially if they are struggling to survive, as they appear to be here. Thank you so much!!


Rolesville, NC
(Zone 7b)

September 27, 2011
2:20 PM

Post #8826883

I was googling this plant and happened upon this old thread. The funny thing is, we just received ten of these vines (the cultivar 'Valentine') here at Homewood Nursery. I can't wait to see what it looks like!
Does anyone know which species this really is? The internet gives me answers that are all over the place.
Franklin, NC
(Zone 6b)

November 12, 2011
1:02 AM

Post #8886701

'Valentine' is the Old World species, S. chinensis, not the American native. I've spent several weeks trying to track down sources, even arboretums and universities, but I could only find a very few (count on one hand) private collectors and researchers who didn't have enough to spare. It's a rare native, at risk to endangered at best. If you find any, contact Bent Creek Institute so they can preserve it in their collections.


Rolesville, NC
(Zone 7b)

November 16, 2011
11:10 AM

Post #8892876

Thanks for your response neighbor :)
After doing a bit more research on the plant's morphology I figured it wasn't the native species. Bummer.
Decatur, GA
(Zone 7b)

August 6, 2012
7:04 AM

Post #9231376

I wonder how easily it starts from seed, although if it is threatened/endangered in so many states the answer probably is not very easily.

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