Desert Willow (Chilopsis linearis), packet of 30 seeds
Hardy to Zones 5 to 9
Willowy shrub or small tree, hardy to 20° F. Native to the deserts of the southwestern US, Baja and Mexico. This plant is an indicator for subterranean water in the desert, and if its a good year for water, the large, trumpet-shaped flowers and associated sexy aroma can be exceptional. The leaves, bark and flowers all have diverse medicinal activity (see Moore ’s “Desert and Canyon West.”) Also an excellent anti-candida remedy. Tree prefers full sun and occasional water. Sow in spring. Easy and rewarding germinator. Sow just below surface of soil in pot, tamp securely and keep evenly moist and warm until germ, which takes only a few days if sufficiently warm and moist. Grow out in pots for a year before transplanting.
30 seeds/pkt, open pollinated
Christopher Gon –
Germinates easily. Very good germination. The plants grow slow and reluctantly, however and I got 6 seedlings from 1 packet yet they all have not survived. I am in 9a, coastal southern South Carolina………..it may be the humidity here that this plant does not like. For those in warm and dry areas? Try it. These DO germinate readily.
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Admin Richo Cech –
I have to say I agree with this reviewer, I think desert willow may suffer in the humid south, and does best in hot and dry climates. Seedlings tend to look rough and rangy until they get planted in the landscape, and even then will pause sometimes for years until they get their roots into subterranean water. At that point, they start to look good, even better when they flower. For a desert tree, I know of none as pretty.
While I haven’t purchased the seeds for this beautiful tree.. it is a beauty.. Blooms profusely from May to October,
The Wood Bees love it.. as well as the Hummingbirds. Fragrance has been very light that I have noticed. It does come in different colors.. yellow, lavender, white, purple and a magenta or burgundy . Drought tplolerant, they are messy with the flower drop. I love this tree. One of my top of the list favorites.
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I was fortunate enough to find one growing wild in my pasture. Zone 7, dry and sandy. It has survived through 3 months of 100-110 degree weather, zero water. It has survived ices storms lasting several weeks without snapping. Granted it is obviously a very old established one, but the heartiest thing on my property. I have planted 3 more, and collected seeds and germinated them for this year. Quick to germ lightly pressed to soil or in a baggie with a damp paper towel and transplanted. I plan to work them into my tree line. Beautiful when blooming. Graceful in the wind. If you live somewhere dry, this is an amazing plant.
It can get down to the negatives in winter here in southern Oregon and i was curious if once established inside for a few winters if it would make it through the low temperatures?
Richo Cech –
hi free, we’re in S Oregon too and we keep our’s in the greenhouse, they really only do well in the dry desert, like eastern san diego county in california, or las vegas. A more reasonable choice for outdoor growing in s oregon is nirgundi or chaste tree, also small-size, drought-tolerant, fragrant and showy. richo