Germinating Hoary Puccoon seeds

Rollie Peschon

I encountered this little plant on a trip to Pocahontas county Iowa last week. (I live in Dickinson county iowa). I acquired some seed packets from the Ion Exchange in Harpers Ferry Iowa today. In researching germination codes, it appears this beautiful flower is quote hard to get going, so I was wondering if anyone had any experience with this forb.

I have a plant nursery that has 900 seedlings going in Ray Leach conetainers right now, and have room for more. Just wondering how I should proceed? Maybe a little soil from the raodside where they grwo, would help? They prefer sandy soils is what Im reading.

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Rollie Peschon

Seedlings started in nursery:

Prairie Garlic, Butterfly Milkweed, Joe Pye, Round Headed Bush clover, Grey headed coneflower, Prairie Dock, Purple Prairie clover, Prairie Dropseed

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WoodsTea 6a MO(6a)

I love that one too. I saw it blooming in a recently burned area of the Hi Lonesome Prairie in Missouri last year in late April, along with Nothoscordum bivalve, Castilleja coccinea and Viola pedata. This winter I tried frost-seeding the other three in my yard, but hadn't found a source for the hoary puccoon. No sign of any of them as far as I can tell. :(


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dandy_line (Z3b N Cent Mn)

Maybe put into a winter seed bed. I built a small 4x8 container two years ago and am haing good success with the really stubborn ones.

I have managed to 'free' some plants from roadside ditches but it is only 50/50 they will survive.

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Karma Grotelueschen

Why is stealing from roadsides ever acceptable?

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lisanti07028(z6NJ)

When the ditch is the precursor of road work that will eliminate native plants. Did you really join Houzz just to post that?

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Jay 6a n.c. IL.

WoodsTea,Prairie Moon Nursery has seeds for Hoary Pucoon.The strange thing is they usually have precise info on germination,but for this plant they only have a question mark next to germ. code, and a statement that it is very difficult to start from seed, and could take very long to germinate.Rollie, getting a little dirt from where they grow sounds like a great idea, because who knows whether this plant has some kind of fungus or bacteria that aids in it's growth and germination.Good luck all.

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WoodsTea 6a MO(6a)

One thing I noticed about the hoary puccoon in my photo above was that it was growing in a recently burned area. I can't replicate that in my front yard (unfortunately ;-).

By this spring (the second since sowing) I had forgotten that I had sown those seeds. It's possible that some have germinated and that I've either weeded them or just kept mowing them down. I did find a couple of Sisyrinchium campestre plants in flower this year that I had sown around the same time in a nearby area.

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