Kitaibelia vitifolia (Chalice Flower) [15 Seeds]


Germination Information: I recommend these seeds for experienced seed-starters, because they may require some patience. The easiest approach is to sow the seeds in fall to late winter, just covered with growing medium, and setting them outdoors in a spot protected from mice so they can germinate when conditions are right in spring.

If you sow after February, consider giving the pot an artificial chilling period of about a month.

I have read that these seeds may germinate without a chilling period, if you sow them in not-too-warm conditions (about 60°F), and that soaking them overnight before sowing may help to encourage sprouting, but I have not tried this myself.

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Chalice flower (Kitaibelia [or Kitaibela] vitifolia) will probably never score a magazine cover, but hey, we can’t all be attention-grabbers, right? This uncommon perennial is best suited for a larger garden, as it can form shrub-sized clumps that are can reach 6 to 8 feet tall, with broad, lobed leaves. Cupped, white flowers appear from midsummer to early fall. There’s a bit of separation of the petals at the base, allowing the sepals to show through as a green star. At any given time, there is more foliage than flowers, so it’s not especially showy, but it is interesting and different. Chalice flower may self-sow a bit once you get it established. Full sun to light shade. Perennial; Zones 5 to 8.

Collected in August and September 2022. At least 15 seeds.

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