Phoenicaulis cheiranthoides

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Phoenicaulis cheiranthoides

Phoenicaulis cheiranthoides is a dryland pink or violet, perennial Wallflower. It is found on dry rocky hills and ridges in CA, OR, WA, NV, ID and UT. It grows as a mound up to a foot across and about ten inches tall. The gray lance-shaped leaves are four to six inches long, with a short, soft covering of forked hairs. The flower racemes stand vertical to about ten to twelve inches. The seed pods when ripe stand horizontal to the flower stems, giving it it's common name of Dagger Pod.

It is, in my opinion, a strikingly beautiful sight, when seen in full flower against a rock face. I feel this would make a fine addition to a dry garden or sandbed.

Peter George
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It is a truly beautiful plant. Is seed available?

Peter George, Petersham, MA (north central MA, close to the NH/VT borders), zones 5b and 6 around the property.

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I sent some to the Seed exchange this year off the same plant from the photos. It should be in the wild collected section. ;)

From the High Desert Steppe
of the Great Basin and the Eastern
Escarpment of the Sierra Nevada Range
Located in Reno/Sparks,NV  zone 6-7
John P Weiser

Mark McD
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Dang, I missed it on the seed list and I've already submitted my order.  I've grown this plant before, but long since forgotten about how nice it is.  We'll see what's left in the Surplus Seed List.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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Drat!  I'm in the same boat.

But there is always so many good things to choose from.  My "watch" list grows ever larger...

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Lori S.
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What a beautiful plant!  Must be a joy to see it in the wild, as your excellent photos show!  I imagine it's probably fragrant too?

Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

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Weiser wrote:

I sent some to the Seed exchange this year off the same plant from the photos. It should be in the wild collected section. ;)

I got some of them and they sprout like cress! I think every single seed has germinated - now I have almost too many pots. Hope that some of them live to flowering ages.

Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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