Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Peloric Foxgloves






While reviewing my garden photos I found these strange foxglove (digitalis) photos. I spent a few happy hours researching and reading about them. These are peloric foxgloves. It is said to be a mutation. I once thought that a virus caused the mutation but could find no confirmation of that cause for the unusual flowers. I have had them in my garden before. A few years ago, I saved the seed and took them to a 'seedy Saturday" seed exchange. I should have saved the seeds this year. I understand that if you self polinate these flowers you will get the peloric feature coming true to type when you reseed. I see from the photo that I have a white one and a pink one. Well, no seed saved, but I hope to see them again next year. I will surely save seed next time I see them, after my research. There is a group on Flickr for plant identification. I am thinking of adding these to the group pool, as I spent quite a lot of time finding the name peloric.

Yesterday we went to the Bay for the annual Christmas basket and this year they DID have the Bay Bears. Of course I have one. It is really cute and now sits with the other one I keep by my desk. One is Keswick 2006 and this year is Charlotte 2008.

I am now bringing in the humming bird feeder at night and putting it out in the morning. Some of the snow melted, as it was a few degrees above zero. Now it is snowing again. We are to get 4 inches more snow.

6 comments:

Val Ford said...

I have just found an unusual mutation of a foxglove in my garden. Can I send you a photo, you may be interested,

Val Ford said...

I have a photo of a foxglove mutation of the leaves, very unusual, would you like me to send it, if so please let me know your email, or I have a Flckr page,
Regards Val

Maggie said...

Put the picture up on your Flickr account and put the link to it in another comment here. I don't know what might cause that.
I have a discussion thread about this in a community on Megashot. You might like to register at Megashot and join the discussion. In the Garden on Megashot.net

Val Ford said...

I have put two pictures on my Flickr site
This is the link
http://www.flickr.com/photos/priscapal/

Maggie said...

Thanks for the link. Very nice Flickr account.
I have googled this in an effort to find out what it is. Have a look at this explanation: fasciation

Val Ford said...

Thanks for that, I'm not a member of the RHS otherwise I would send them a photo, nice to make contact