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Seward, AK(Zone 3b)

Hi, it's me, the gardener who doesn't know what she's growing! I found a picture of that small plant a friend gave me. I have about two dozen of them wintering over in my temp bed, so I'd sure like to know what they are!

They grow about 4" tall from the flower top to the base. They grow in a clump and shoot up a stem of rose pink flowers. They really remind me of German Catchfly, but I didn't check to see if they had a sticky stem. So far, they have only produced one stem of blooms each, but maybe that will change.

The original plants she gave me have been in my rock bed for about three years, and they don't seem to mind rocky soil and little attention...sounds like my DH! Anybody want to venture a guess??...WZ

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Helsinki, Finland(Zone 4b)

Armeria maritima? Looks like it.. I have one.

They grow wild here also some places - see a photo: http://linnaeus.nrm.se/flora/di/plumbagina/armer/armemar5.jpg

This message was edited Thursday, Feb 21st 11:43 AM

Seward, AK(Zone 3b)

Hi, Evert: No, it isn't an Armeria maritima, though it's hard to tell from my photo. The leaves of the maritima are almost like grass,as I recall, and these plants have flat little leaves. The bloom is a cluster of small blooms, rather than one bloom. The foliage stays in a small clump flat to the ground, and the stem of flowers rises to no more than 4". The plants are about two or three years old.

I have a friend that grows a patch of the Armeria maritima, and it seems to do quite well here...WZ


I have to say I'd have agreed with Evert on this they look remarkably like a wild Ameria maritima on the pic. German Catchfly (in my country anyway) is Lychnis viscaria which can have a single or a double bloom but doesn't have globose heads. Can you describe the plant pictured a little more please?

Helsinki, Finland(Zone 4b)

Hmm. maybe it is some other Armeria species? Or Scabiosa? Haha...

Seward, AK(Zone 3b)

Don't know that I can describe it any better, but having seen German Catchfly, I certainly think it is closer to that than Armeria, since the leaves are flat. I'm going to give you a better close up on another thread on this forum..WZ

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