Mystery popped up

carol23_gwJune 29, 2013

What is this plant? I'm hoping it improves with age as the flowers open.
Thanks

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carol23_gw

Entire plant view.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2013 at 8:07AM
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carol23_gw

One more flower close up.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2013 at 8:08AM
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carol23_gw

Plant with background to show form.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2013 at 9:50AM
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mytime(3/4 Alaska)

Could it be something in the Collomia genus?

    Bookmark   June 29, 2013 at 12:00PM
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carol23_gw

Mytime, I think that is exactly what it is! Collomia grandiflora looks very much like my plant. There are two smaller plants and the leaves are quite glossy. The description matches with blue pollen , the lower leaves having serrations, and photos on the net appear to match.

I received a batch of surplus NARGS seeds and scattered them. Some were of western origin .I had little hope of growing them on to flowering.
Perhaps the mountain climate enabled them to grow.

Thank you!

    Bookmark   June 29, 2013 at 2:34PM
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mytime(3/4 Alaska)

Ah, a packet of seeds...that explains it! I thought it looked like C. grandiflora, but unless you'd gotten seeds (or planted something that a nursery originally obtained from the west), I was a little unsure. It's such a pretty little flower.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2013 at 3:59PM
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carol23_gw

I'm looking forward to seeing it in full bloom. I am glad it wasn't a weed.
North American Rock Garden Society has many members contributing seed from all over the US as well as abroad. After the Seed Exchange ends each year, surplus seed is distributed to local NARGS chapters. I did not keep the empty packets because I held little hope on germination on most items since each packet holds a small amount of seed and by the time I received them, the seed was not fresh and probably about a year old.

After reading the description of Collomia grandiflora, I wonder if blue pollen is unusual in most flowers.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2013 at 4:10PM
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mytime(3/4 Alaska)

Well, that's the way I found the C. grandiflora...I did a search for blue pollen...mostly it comes up in discussions of plants for honey. Surprisingly, fireweed was in those discussions. My yard abounds with fireweed...I love it (well, along the perimeter of my yard...not in the flower beds). As much as I have to pull before it goes to seed, you would think I would have noticed the pollen. I think of it as more gray than blue, so I went out and checked just now. It just doesn't show up as much against the rosy purple flower.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2013 at 5:15PM
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jaynine

That IS a pretty little flower. Carol, would you consider posting another picture when it's in full bloom?

    Bookmark   June 29, 2013 at 7:33PM
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carol23_gw

Jaynine, I'd be happy to take a picture and post when it's in full flower.
Collomia grandiflora is an annual.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2013 at 9:03PM
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mytime(3/4 Alaska)

Carol, I sent you an email.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2013 at 9:31PM
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