Although I'm already behind on sending out plants, I'm going to add another, as this is time sensitive.
Dahlia tenuicaulis, sometimes called "Ever blooming Tree Dahlia"). For me it indeed blooms at pretty much any time of the year. This may vary depending on the climate. I suspect this plant is more of a cool grower compared to the more common "tree Dahlia", Dahlia imperialis, but I do not know that for sure.
This plant is unusual as a Dahlia because the flowers are scented. The strength of the scent seems to vary from not noticeable, to pretty clear. I wasn't aware of it until I walked close to my plant and noticed a very pleasant fragrance.
Here's what mature plants look like at the SF Botanical Garden (probably 10 or 15 feet tall).
And here are the cuttings I can send, with a razor blade for scale. I'll keep them in the fridge for a few days, then if they are not claimed, start rooting them. In the past they've been pretty easy to root.
I can send these for postage, which, because they are small and light, would be either a Flat Rate box ($5.95, I think), or a First Class Parcel ($3 or $4--I need to see if I have an appropriate box, and weigh these guys).
These are absolutely free--will be sent in a regular envelope with one stamp.
I'm at my mom's and grabbed a ton of seeds/fluff, etc. from this plant.
I took a photo of the plant this year (it's a lot bigger) but it's somewhere hidden among thousands of photos on my camera. A couple years ago:
So what is it?? Annie's annuals sold it previously as Ageratum corymbosum, then as Eupatorium sordidum, and now again as Ageratum corymbosum. Strangely, the name Eupatorium sordidum is the obsolete name for Bartlettina sordida. Bartlettina sordida gets 10-15 feet tall and is also a truly cool plant.
I think (but do not know for sure) that Kartuz sells the same plant. They say:
"This strikingly beautiful shrub comes from the cloud forests of Mexico. The large velvety heart-shaped leaves are purplish green with purple veining, dark purple beneath. Young growth and stems are deep maroon-purple with large bluish violet ageratum-like flower clusters in spring. Fast growing to 4 feet high. Needs bright shade and ample water. Can be grown in a cool greenhouse in large pots in the winter (minimum temperature 35F) and then brought outdoors in spring and summer. Give frost protection. USDA zones 9 - 11.
With hundreds of Ageratum, Bartlettina, and Eupatorium species, the proper identification of this plant is uncertain. It is sometimes offered elsewhere as Ageratum corymbosum, but it does not fit the botanical description for A. corymbosum (flat-top whiteweed, desert ageratum). Also, listed by another grower as Ageratum 'Azure Skies'. The typical Bartlettina sordida has greener leaves and is larger growing. Our guess is that this is probably a variety or subspecies of Bartlettina sordida or a closely related species."
I just call it an unnamed Bartlettina species. I don't know exactly what defines that genus, but it certainly looks to me a lot more like Bartlettina sordida than an Ageratum or a Eupatorum.
As Kartuz mentioned, it is a cloud forest species. I assume it likes it cool and essentially frost free, but I have no idea what its limits are.
Anwyay, my mom's plant bloomed beautifully and made a ton of seeds/fluff. I don't know if these are viable. In my only previous attempt I got one seedling. I really don't know as many Asteraceae will make lots of empty seeds. The seeds under magnification look small but "full" in my opinion. I'll hopefully try again, but there's no way I can use this many seeds:
You can't see, but there are tiny black seeds in there. I just managed to get a magnified view:
I'll send a fraction of what's in the bag above (a small ziploc bag). The "fluff" should cushion any danger to the tiny seeds.
I'll also send a few seeds of others I picked up tonight: Petunia exserta and Calceolaria mexicana. Both are tiny enough to elude the USPS rollers that crush seeds.
This one is a stunner, and my impression is it's more commonly grown in the Southeastern U.S. than in California. I've seen reports that it can even be grown and bloomed as a houseplant. I got the mother plant from the Huntignton Botanical Gardens a number of years ago. It blooms reliably for my mom; last year it had 15 flowers open on one day. This is unusual because it blooms successively off a flower spike, and individual flowers last a day or less.
After the flowers bloom, the plant produces plantlets on the flower spike. This is NOT what I have here. My mom's plant is going nuts and wants to make 3 times as many small fans for next year. It's in a pot and doesn't have the space to do this, so I removed 3:
Obviously, the fans/plants are basically rooted, but I'll pot them up and can send one to anyone who is interested. We can figure out how to send, and what the postage would be (I thinks it's highly variable depending on how it's sent). I can always add other things.
Update: All of these are taken, by the 3 people who messaged me. I'll get back to them soon.
Last edited by RandyS; 06-17-2015 at 07:21 AM.
The Agapetes serpens cuttings mentioned above. I'm going to keep the top ones as indicated. I can send out the ones on the bottom to people who want to try these
The leaves, especially those I'm sending often have damage which I'm told is due to thrips.
Last edited by RandyS; 06-18-2015 at 11:54 PM.