2761 - AlpenPix (Garden) - 2010-12-02|
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Locality: USA - Colorado - Mountain View Experimental Gardens, Peak 7 area, Breckenriddge, Colorado, elevation 10,000 feet, USDA Zone 4.
Photographer: Jane Hendrix
Note: This is a native-to-my-area Polemonium that grows in the worst "soil" along roadways. Some might call it a weed. Many years ago, my friend saw it growing in the gravelly shoulder of a local road and she yanked it out of the ground with full force and handed it to me. She thought it might be a nice addition to my wild garden. With no water or moist soil to protect its taproot and at least 45 minutes from home, I didn't think it had a prayer of surviving -- but it did! Given a safe home protected from vehicle traffic, good soil and moisture, it turned into a handsome specimen, producing a full complement of flowers in late July. Unfortunately, one major problem with this species made itself known in a couple years when the plant fully matured. It's the skunkiest Polemonium I have ever experienced. It made the whole garden reek. After putting up with it for another 2 years, I moved to a wild area behind our house and it is living there very happily and not offending anyone's nose. Other than its strong odor, it's a beautiful species with narrow leaflets and gray-green foliage, growing to about 30 inches. (Sent: Alpinefirstname.lastname@example.org)
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