Gillenia stipulata (American Ipecac) [15 Seeds]


Germination Information: I recommend these seeds for experienced seed-sowers only, because they can require a good bit of patience.

The easiest approach is to sow the seeds—about 1/8 inch deep—in fall to late winter, setting them outdoors in a spot protected from mice so they can germinate when conditions are right. (The winter-sowing approach can work well with this species.)

Some references suggest that cycling between warm and cold temperatures can enhance germination rates. If you want to try this, sow and keep in warm (70°F) conditions for 2 to 3 months, then move the pot to cold temperatures (either a refrigerator for 2 to 3 months before moving back to warmth, or set outside in late winter or early spring for sprouting when conditions are right).

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Also known botanically as Porteranthus stipulatus and commonly as American ipecac or Indian physic, Gillenia stipulata is a bushy, 2- to 3-foot-tall perennial that blooms in early summer, with an abundance of dainty white flowers that are tinged with red. The lacy green leaves turn golden to orange to deep red in fall. US native. Full sun to partial shade. Zones 4 to 8.

Collected in mid to late September 2023. At least 15 seeds. Unknown ecotype. Shipping to US addresses only.

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