Well how now. I’ve made an exciting discovery that I don’t know if it really is as exciting as I think it is until I’ve done some experiments. So it’s exciting for the fact that it’s leading to experiments. And experiments are exciting!
Oh. You actually want to know what I’m on about?!
Well, it’s all about lemon verbena (Aloysia citriodora) and her seeds…..
Lemon verbena is mostly propagated by cuttings, which can be a bit of a hit and miss affair.
It just so happens that my lemon verbena is/was flowering a couple of weeks ago, of course you might’ve noticed that in the post I did about my lemon verbena diy deodorant. Here’s that photo again as a reminder!
More often than not, fruit/seed follows flowers right. So I picked some of the spent flower spikes and some of them appeared to have seed in them.
Now, whilst my plant was in flower I noticed these other things coming out of the plant; long and skinny, not a flower, not leaves…
So this is the exciting part.. these things exploded, have curled back and are releasing what looks to me like seed! Like a cross between very fine lettuce or dandelion seed.
And it is actually a rogue tall willow herb! Thank you Hannah!
Are these the true lemon verbena seeds? Then theoretically shouldn’t we have lemon verbena sprouting up like dandelion everywhere? Is lemon verbena a monoecious plant? (Monoecious means a plant that has seperate male and female flowers on the same plant) Because lemon verbena goes dormant in winter do the seeds need stratification before germination?
Lesson to be learned here folks.. if you’re excited about something unusual happening in your garden or on a plant, check it out with a friend first before you write a bloomin’ post about it!