Seed for the Exchange on September 18th

Terri reports about seed hunting in her garden:

Seed 1

I have made my rounds of the garden and collected  ripe seeds from  the following plants. I am listing them here along with pictures in flower and seed. I am learning new things every day. This has been quite the experience.  So here are some examples from my garden:

Seed 3

Wild  mustard – no, not Phlox—“Dame’s Rocket” has four petals. Phlox, five. Note the difference in the seed pods pictured below.

This wildflower looks like Phlox but it’s easy to tell them apart. Start pulling Dame’s Rocket flower petals with ‘She Loves Me’ and you’ll find ‘She Loves Me Not’ when you get to the last one. Your garden phlox will always love you because it’s odd. Dame’s Rocket has 4 flower petals compared to the 5 of Phlox. It is a member of the Brassicaceae family.  

Hesperis matronalis

Hesperis matronalis

Dame’s Rocket is an invasive alien wildflower that has escaped from garden settings it is native to Europe and was brought over to the new world to be used as an ornamental plant. Their aggressive nature is actually a family trait. When it goes to seed Dane’s Rocket gives away it’s family identity. The long seed pods mark it as a member of the mustard family.


Stachys densiflora

Stachys densiflora



Seed 7

Seed 9-1

Foxglove—Digitalis pupurea

Japanese Primrose Primula japonica

Japanese Primrose – Primula japonica


Seed 11

Globe Thistle (Echinops) Seed head

Globe Thistle (Echinops) Seed head

Seed 13   

Can’t wait to see what treasures YOU will discover. Have fun. See you on the 18th.


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