Sunday, April 12, 2015
What is not fugitive is the scent, perhaps best described as very sweet lemon with no tang. It's hard to describe a smell! There is plenty of it; it's probably the most fragrant flower I have at the moment, and happily, it becomes airborne, wafting across the garden.
The species is a western US native, growing in Colorado and Utah. It is said (Southwest Colorado Wildflowers) to spread by means of its rhizomes.
I discovered this variety by chance as I was hunting through end-of-season bargains from Park Seeds last year. I am so pleased that I tried it! The plants themselves have been very sturdy, showing almost no transplanting shock, and never seeming concerned about dry conditions. Though I confess that I've been keeping them fairly well watered since I've been enjoying their flowers so much...