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PalustrisPalustris Posts: 3,900

Wandering about the estate this morning (before the promised gales and rain) I was looking at one of the rock gardens and found that the seed heads on two different types of Armeria looked to be green. When I examined them, I discovered that the seeds had germinated on the seed head itself. Cannot remember ever seeing that before. Should take a picture I suppose, but it is too wet and windy now.

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 79,527

    I had that happen with foxgloves a couple of years ago - a warm wet autumn and the seeds don't dry out ......

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  • Mine are doing it too, they did it last year as well. I thought I might remove one or two stems and tuck them into a pot of compost, to give them something to grow into, they can be separated later if successful!

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,553

    The same thing happened with the corncockle seedheads here.image

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  • Has anyone got a photo of this? I've never seen it.

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,553

    Don't have one of my own but here's one of the www.

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,166

    I had teasel and sweet peas do that last year, and opium poppies this year. I also bought some pod peas, to find some had germinated when I podded them.

     

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,166

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    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 3,900

    Here is the Armeria formosa seed head.

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     I have removed a few heads and split up the germinated seedlings from one of them.They had reasonable roots. The other I planted untouched to see what happens. Mind if they grow, there is the problem of what to do with the plants. I can probably sell a few but not that many and I hate throwing things away.

  • I've had it happen on phlomis - plantlets growing out of the dried seedheads.  I think it is just a question of damp but warm weather conditions - quite a curiosity for the grandchildren though.

  • Hi all, I also have seen this on Teasel. I found it fascinating
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