Unicorn, False (Chamaelirium luteum), packet of 30 seeds, Organic

(3 customer reviews)

$8.95

Seed from the new harvest now in stock.  Refrigerated seed is best sown as soon as possible after receipt.

Family:  Lily (Liliaceae)

Hardy to Zones 4 to 8

 

(False Unicorn, Helonias Root, Star Grub Root, Devil’s Bit, Blazing Star, Starwort, Helonias dioica, Helonias lutea)  Herbaceous dioecious evergreen forest-dwelling perennial. Dioecious means having the male and female reproductive organs borne on separate individuals.  Since we cannot predict whether a plant is male or female until it flowers, we do suggest to plant in groups of at least three to help assure that the plants will make seeds. Native to the central and eastern hardwood forests of North America.  Rare and in many places extirpated.  The female flowers occur in 18 inch spikes that curve and dip like graceful fairy wands.  The dried root is the part employed.  Traditional usage: uterine tonic.  Plant prefers moist shade, acid soils.  Sow seed in acid soil in the fall, midwinter or very early spring.  Use outdoor nursery bed technique or flats or pots left in the shadehouse or unheated greenhouse.  They are slow and steady germinators. Transplant is difficult due to hairlike root system.  Do your best, use an acidic mix, and after transplant, give them a cool, shady and moist rest.  They will eventually kick in and expand. Transplant in autumn to their permanent location, best in shade garden or woodland.

30 seeds/pkt., Certified Organically Grown

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  1. slawkozel

    chamaelirium luteum

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    • jonah umoh

      Can this plant grow in Africa?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Jonah,
      No, it requires a cold dormancy and is native to the eastern hardwood forest biome of north america.
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    Donna

    Good Germination

    Donna (verified owner)

    I may have done it all wrong but still had 100% germination. I started them inside in August and waited a month.. I realized they probably needed cold stratification and covered the small trays with plastic in the refrigerator for about a month. Took them out and put them to the side of a grow light I have. They finally came up in October and little sprouts are growing really slowly. Maybe waiting for spring. I see the directions here now (Nov.) and am ordering more to start outside in a coldframe.

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    • Richo Cech

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      Hi Donna, Good work, the proof is in the pudding. Your method resulted in temperature oscillation which is often the key. Richo

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    • BC (verified owner)

      Can I sow this directly outdoors in February? (zone 5, native range)

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Yes, however the seed is very small and thus generally benefits from the control afforded by sowing in deep flats outdoors. r

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    • Shaun

      Are these seeds pre-stratified and ready to plant? Thanks

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Shaun,
      They are fresh and refrigerator-stored. I think some cold/moist conditioning is still in order–best in outdoor treatment. I re-read the monograph and found it helpful.
      Richo

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    • Shallece (verified owner)

      I recieved these in June. Do I need to put them in the fridge until fall? Or plant immediately? I have been reading and it says both.

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    • Mayche Cech

      Mayche Cech

      Hi! Chamaelirium luteum does benefit from a period of cold, moist stratification before planting. My advice would be to mix the seed in a moist medium and refrigerate for 30 days, then sow in cool shade. Use a peat-heavy mix as these prefer an acidic soil.
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