Peter Taggart
Sat, 26 Nov 2011 16:53:33 PST
yes they look just like small peas, I didn't miss the offer *grins*
Peter (UK)

On Sat, Nov 26, 2011 at 7:19 PM, Jane McGary <>wrote:

> Shelley wrote
> >They don't set many seeds so you'd need a field of them to have any
> >number of seed and they are very fleshy so don't keep very well.
> >Someone else might know of a seed source. I have grown only the
> >purple and for a brief time the white (which I believe is rare)
> >although it never flowered and went underground and hasn't been seen
> since.
> When I was doing the intake phase of the NARGS seed exchange in the
> mid-1990s, an Australian member sent Calostemma purpureum seeds was
> back in the good old pre-9/11 days, when our foreign members could
> send in seeds without a lot of bureaucratic complications). The
> packet fell apart as I opened the envelope, and what looked like a
> lot of garbanzos (Brit. chickpeas) with green shoots emerging rolled
> out. I decided this wasn't something that would survive the next few
> months in storage and planted them immediately. I shared the
> resulting seedlings with our NARGS chapter and kept about half a
> dozen, which I grew in a frost-free solarium. They did flower for a
> number of years, but the flowers were not especially attractive, so
> when I moved to my new place, which has no frost-free area for
> plants, I gave them away.
> I understand that this type of germination is typical of this
> species, which may be why seed is not often available.
> Jane McGary
> Portland, Oregon, USA
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