In remembrance of paintbrush lost

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Hoy
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Barbara wrote:

In your case, you may have to have a host ready before scattering seed. Let me know if you need seed to get host plants going. I have access to blue gramma and several other native grasses. I'd have to wander around a bit to find the right species of Artemisia if that's your preference.

Barbara,
I looked up this blue gramma grass as  I didn't know it. It looks nice and worth growing by itself. So if you bother collecting some seeds of this and other species I would appreciate that!

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

RickR
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Trond, I grow Bouteloua gracilis grown from seed from Bad River, Minnesota.  I think it would be more tolerant to your weather than the plants from New Mexico.  I already have seed collected in 2009.  If you would like to click on my user name and send me a message with you address, I can send some to you.

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

Lori S.
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Castilleja miniata (for which I sent seeds from my plants, Trond), grows in company with an assortment of other perennials in my front yard... some North American natives, mostly not - no native grasses nearby, no artemisia anywhere near.  Just from that observation, I tend to imagine it does not require specific species as host plants (if it in fact it requires hosts at all?)  It's said to be among the easiest to grow, possibly for that reason.

From the NARGS articles I referenced, it seems whether certain species require hosts or not is unclear - I recall reading that some grow better in captivity when started with hosts.  Very interesting...

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

Hoy
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Lori, I think you mentioned it, but I will try different procedures and maybe I get hold of other paintbrushes as well (remember seeing some in Ecuador by the way). Besides the grass look fine! Am I right in that the C. miniata do best in a not too dry place?

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

Lori S.
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Sorry, Trond, I didn't see your question.  Well, we get only 40 cm of precipitation a year here, and a lot of that runs off in the spring melt while the ground is still frozen.  In the wild, they grow with a huge amount of competition, as well, so I would say they don't really need a great deal of moisture.

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

Toole
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Some old pics --feb 2005 of Castilleja miniata i raised from seed --host plant was a NZ native Arthropodium candidum.

Placed under cover during winter to cope with our wet conditions it flowered for a total of 3 seasons .Its demise  :'( came about when i attempted to increase it by dividing the caudex ? which had become quite wide.
Have tried a number of different sps since then--some false starts but nothing reached flowering  :(

Cheers dave.

Invercargill
Bottom of the South Island New Zealand
Zone 8 maritime climate
1100mm,(40 in),rainfall p.a.
Nil snow cover

Lori S.
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Very nice, Dave, and from googling just now, Arthropodium candidum looks quite nice too!

Here's a particularly vividly-coloured C. miniata from the front yard.

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

Toole
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Lovely colouring Lori.

If you ever want seed of the Arthropodium just let me know --i have the purple /bronze form.

Cheers dave.

Invercargill
Bottom of the South Island New Zealand
Zone 8 maritime climate
1100mm,(40 in),rainfall p.a.
Nil snow cover

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