Leadplant: not a speedy grower

The seeds for the leadplants came from Minnesota, and not all of the seedlings proved hardy in Western Quebec. I understand – that’s part of the genetic variability one gets growing plants from seed. It is to the leadplants that survived the winter that I address these remarks:

I know you are small shrubs, and slow-growing. That is why you are in the rock garden and not, say, planted with the oaks and basswoods. But even so, guys, get a move on. If you are not able to grow faster than the surface of the earth is accumulating star dust, your long term outlook is not good.

The photo above is of a two-year old leadplant (Amorpha canescens) just leafing out in the rock garden, with a one-year old bird’sfoot violet (Viola pedata) and some soil surface algae for scale.


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Trish Murphy

Artist: botanical, still life, and natural history illustration. Garden designer: native plants and naturalistic gardens