May 15th, 2012

Surprises

As we mentioned earlier, we have been filling space with meadowfoam because it is green during the fall and reseeds itself nicely. I had ordered a large packet of seeds for white meadowfoam (Limnanthes alba), and tried sprouting them various ways with some success just throwing seed onto one of our ecoroofs. Of those I tried to start indoors only a few sprouted, and those that did looked quite different from those that were growing on our ecoroof. At first, because of the leaf shape, I thought that they were more Douglas’ meadowfoam that just ended up in the seed packet, but once it started sending up buds it became clear that it was something different. As near as I can tell, they are wooly meadowfoam (Limnanthes floccosa)… A somewhat uncommon meadowfoam with a range that seems to be just a few specific locations in southern Oregon and far northern California. No idea what subspecies, no idea how it got into the seed packet, but we now have a few living happily on our roof.

Update:

Another possibility is that this is the Douglas’ Meadowfoam subspecies Nivea (Limnanthes douglasii ssp. nivea). More common, but not what we expected.

Oregon Iris

Plus, we discovered an Oregon iris blooming in our front park strip the other day:

We planted several shortly after moving in, and hadn’t seen any sign of them since… We had long thought that we had managed to kill them all, and then all of a sudden, two years later, one starts blooming.

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