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Friday, May 27, 2011

Spreading Chocolate

I planted this flower a year ago.  It it quite happy in the front garden.  The flowers are suppose to be chocolate scented, but I haven't really noticed.  The catalog also said this plant "self seeds easily."  Last year, as the plant made seeds, I harvested them and scattered them around the area I wanted more to grow.  I have one new plant.  It's not blooming yet.


I really like the flowers and would love to have more scattered throughout the front shrub border.  This year, my plan is to collect the seeds and try winter sowing them.  I hope that will give me better results.  In the mean time, it's nice to see this original plant performing so well.

13 comments:

  1. I planted a Chocolate Cosmos that I'd added into a larger nursery order--but it seems to have died. It was a perennial and I had hoped to have it for a long time. Do you know the nameof your plant? I hope it does well for you. No one can have too much chocolate!

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  2. Oh, nevermind...I looked up 'Chocolate Flower' and that IS the actual common name. I have never heard of that plant before. Having it around sounds really yummy.

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  3. I like it. I think you will have better luck winter sowing. Birds can't find the seeds and they'll not get washed away. Good luck for next year.
    Cher

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  4. Chocolate scented? Cool. Sounds like they do need some cold stratification to germinate.

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  5. They certainly are cheerful in appearance!

    I am familiar with a chocolate geranium. When you rub the leaves, they definitely DO smell chocolate-y!

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  6. I have one of these also, not sure if its meant to be a slow grower, its just not doing much. The fragrance is there you just have to be laying on the ground to smell it...lol! I'm thinking of transplanting mine to a tabletop container to enjoy it a little better. Congrats on getting at least one to self seed =)

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  7. Very pretty plant, I haven't seen it before. Did you leave any seeds last year on the plant to see if it would self sow? I would love a plant that smells like chocolate - although that might make me want to eat more chocolate than I already do.

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  8. smells like chocolate hey??? hmmmm....I may need to get me some of those seeds...it will save the fat that grows in my jeans when I smell the real thing!

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  9. Interesting plant!! What about some cuttings right now. .rooted inside and planted late summer? Looks like there are lots of stems to take from. .just a thought. .good luck!!

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  10. ~Bonnie
    I did leave some seeds in addition to the ones I scattered. I'll try more approaches this year. Thanks for visiting.

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  11. ~Julia
    My neighbors already wonder about my antics in the garden. Imagine what they'd think if I laid on the front sidewalk to smell the chocolate! Ha! Thanks for visiting.

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  12. ~Melanie
    I hadn't thought about that possibility. It's worth a try. Thanks.

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  13. Kinda pretty. I would like the fragrance I am sure.

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