Gardening sheet zeltnera muehlenbergii

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  • 1. *Monterey Centaury – Zeltnera (Centaury) muehlenbergii (zelt-NAIR-uh mull-en-BERGE-ee-eye ) Family: Gentianaceae (Gentian Family) Northwestern North America from British Columbia to N.& central CA coastal and foothill areas; common in winter-moist open areas in Sagebrush Scrub, Redwood Forest, Mixed Evergreen Forest, Northern Oak Woodland, Foothill Woodland, Valley Grassland, Northern Juniper Woodland. Native to: annual wildflower mature height: 1-3 ft. mature width: 1-3 ft. Herbaceous annual wildflower. Erect, slender, often with branching stems. Leaves oval to oblong, simple, opposite. Foliage is fairly unremarkable. Growth characteristics: Blooms in late spring – April to July, depending on weather. Flowers are bright pink or magenta (occasionally white), funnel-shaped with 5 simple petals. Flowers are in small clusters, on short flowering stems, mostly at the ends of branches. Very showy in bloom! Flowers have an old-fashioned appeal typical for the gentians. Fruit a dry, 2-chambered capsule. Blooms/fruits: Uses in the garden: Lovely annual wherever used. Use in pots for a splash of seasonal color. Pair with blue, purple, pink and white wildflowers for a spectacular spring show. Good choice for native grassland planting. Would work well in a rain garden or seasonal swale, around fountains, bird baths, etc. Native peoples used an infusion of the plant to treat constipation. Sensible substitute for: Non-native pink flowers. Attracts: Good habitat plant: provides nectar and seeds for food. Requirements: Element Sun Soil Water Fertilizer Other Requirement Full sun (best). Any, including clay; any local pH. Needs moist ground in winter/spring; taper off as plants flower. Not needed, but not harmful. No mulch – or use an inorganic gravel mulch. Be sure ground remains moist prior to blooming. Let plants re-seed naturally or collect seeds from dry capsules and store in cool, dry place. Management: Propagation: from seed: easy Plant/seed sources (see list for source numbers): 19 12/29/13 © Project SOUND