Chamaelirium luteum

Rimmer deVries rdevries@comcast.net
Mon, 16 Jun 2014 15:10:50 PDT
This plant is flowing in my peat bed right now.  
https://flickr.com/photos/32952654@N06/…

Last year it had 1 flower spike but this winter some fur bearing creatures made a nest on top of it and chewed it down to the crown , i thought it was gone but now there are 2 flower spikes and several rosettes/offsets. and a second one to the right.

I have seen this offered as a medicinal plant. 

Rimmer






On Jun 16, 2014, at 5:27 PM, Ellen Hornig <hornig@oswego.edu> wrote:

> I'd add to that that that since it's dioecious. if you want seeds you need
> to plant groupings of seedlings.  The females are not particularly
> attractive - it's the males that have those fun, twisted flower stalks
> (explaining the common name "devil's bit").  I have only one female and
> three males left, which makes me nervous - I'm definitely hoping for seed
> this year.  Last year was too dry, so none was set.
> 
> Ellen
> 
> 
> On Mon, Jun 16, 2014 at 4:04 PM, aaron floden via pbs <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org
>> wrote:
> 
>> Chamaelirium is easy to grow from fresh seed and matures in about 3 years.
>> It rarely offsets so rhizomes are hard to divide. I assume, but have never
>> tried, that cutting the terminal end off will induce growth of secondary
>> buds along the rhizome.
>> 
>> 
>> I would hardly say that it is rare. Like with other plants, "uncommon, but
>> locally abundant" would describe it better. I see it in mesic to dry oak
>> woods, on shaded roadsides, creek banks, and even relatively acidic dry
>> woodland so it is habitat nonspecific. That said, it can be picky in the
>> garden at times and only flowers every other year or so -- none of mine are
>> flowering this year and all flowered last year.
>> 
>> Aaron
>> E Tennessee
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> On Monday, June 16, 2014 1:55 PM, T O <enoster@hotmail.com> wrote:
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> Hi,
>> 
>> I was wondering if anyone has had any experience growing Chamaelirium
>> luteum, from seed or otherwise. It is not included on the wiki, for some
>> reason, although it grows from a rhizome.
>> 
>> It is an EAm native, though reportedly rare. Horizon Herbs (Williams, OR)
>> offers seed of this and I'd like to give it a try.
>> 
>> Thanks,
>> -Travis
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