Dodecateon - goose color
Dodecateon, or the joker, is an unpretentious perennial rhizome with light green elliptic leaves. Homeland - mountainous wooded areas and prairies of North America. In the conditions of our middle zone, she feels great, lives for a long time and blooms profusely.
Translated from Greek, “dodecateon” means “the flower of the twelve gods” or “God's dozen” - ‘dode-ka’ - twelve, ‘theos’ - god.
It grows in the form of a compact basal rosette. In summer, stems rise above the leaves, bearing flowers of an original form: the petals, opening the golden anthers, are completely bent back. And the scientific name of this plant corresponds to its appearance and unusual shape - a beautiful dodecateon. In my collection there are plants with pale pink, pink and raspberry colored petals. The flowers are very similar to cyclamen flowers.
For the originality of the inflorescence, it was previously called the chandelier (a hanging chandelier in the church).
Dodecateon prefers a shady place and moist soil. It is propagated by autumn sowing of seeds or by dividing the bush in the spring.
This flower is easy to breed in your area. In autumn or early spring, adult specimens are divided. The plant is dug up and divided into several parts. Delenki planted in a prepared place.
Dodecateon is growing in many US states. Its flower is the emblem of NARGS - the American Society of Rock Gardens.
You can get new plants from seeds. The main thing is to consider one feature. I’ll tell you about my “cones”. Sowed seeds, seedlings sprouted together - a number of green little dodecatechons. But soon they all withered and fell. I thought I did something wrong, and I cleaned the container. She thought it was her failure. I re-read a lot of literature. It turned out that at first only cotyledon leaves develop from sown seeds, which dry up and disappear. But ... the roots remain alive! Therefore, it is important to preserve these “shoots” and not to disturb anything. Sometimes watered when the ground is dry.
Seedlings grow slowly and bloom only in the 4th-5th year.
- The best perennials for your garden - L. Kalashnikova