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

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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., Open Pollinated, Untreated, NO GMO’s

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    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

      Admin Richo Cech

      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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