... growing and hybridizing all kinds of plants in zone 6b Maryland since the 1980's.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Geum urbanum X Geum 'Flames of Passion'

In 2012, I put pollen from Geum 'Flames of Passion' onto Geum urbanum a weedy tiny flowered "herb" commonly known as clove-root. I mostly was hoping to put a little diversity into my little population of Geum urbanum. Some things I'm looking to select for are bigger flowers, bright reds oranges and yellows, and any improvements in the "clove-scented-ness" of the roots. I know it's a long shot, but I was also hoping that maybe one of these guys would get genetically confused and make the clove scent in its foliage or flowers. We'll see...
Here's the tidy foliage of the row of seedlings:
Here's the first hybrid seedling to bloom, compared with the tiny yellow flower of Geum urbanum below it: 
Here's a more extreme close-up of that first to bloom: 

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