Rescued Peony's

jennypat Zone 3b NW MN(Zone 3b NW MN)May 27, 2013

So my friend and I were walking along a local river, we came across an old homestead, the house has been gone for over 20 years (as long as I have lived here) when we came across 2 sad looking peony's. Now the trees are all grown up mature, and these poor plants have been struggling in the shade for who knows how long.
We decided to rescue them and see what we get. Did we do wrong? The land is now public domain, and these were not wildflowers. We left the wild violets, the jack in the pulpits and a few more we could identify.

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I don't think anyone would object to your taking a garden flower from the wild. It is the natural native wild flowers that you must leave alone because in many cases they are protected. However no one objects if you take seeds.

I did much the same with daffodils years ago. Out walking I found a bunch of them growing surrounded by tall grass so I dug some of them out and they have graced my garden ever since

    Bookmark   May 27, 2013 at 2:29AM
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jennypat Zone 3b NW MN(Zone 3b NW MN)

That's what we thought. Some of the roots were so small we decided to put them into pots and try to grow them up a bit before planting out. They were about as big around and my finger, so far they look good.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2013 at 12:04PM
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docmom_gw Zone 5 MI(5)

Doweling gram,
I think in the case of protected wildflowers you are not allowed to take the seed or any other part of the plant. In order for those flowers to survive, they need to be able to drop those seeds and reproduce. Also, the native wildlife depends on seeds from native plants for winter sustainance. I can't say I would personally object to someone collecting a few seeds at the same time they dropped some of those seeds onto some likely nearby soil. But, I think legally they should be left entirely alone.


    Bookmark   May 27, 2013 at 1:43PM
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