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Question: where to find Parnassia

Dear, I would like to have seedlings or seeds of parnassia palusris. Do you know where I could find them?

Thanks manuela


Parnassia: Answer: how to find hard-to-find plants

Dear Manuela,

Your request allows us to respond to many readers, who are looking for rare or particular plants.

In your case it is a small aquatic plant, also present in nature in Italy, in hilly or mountainous wetlands.

Being a particular plant, available in nature, not grown in the garden, you will hardly find it in the nursery, because it has no commercial interest; unfortunately hybridizers and nurserymen are forced by the market to grow only plants that can give them an income.

In addition to being very difficult to find it in the nursery, it is also not very ecological to think of taking it in nature, because if all of us began to "shop" in the woods, instead of in the nursery, in a short time the flora of our beautiful country will would suffer greatly.

The safest way you can get a Parnassia palustris seedling is to produce small seed plants; in addition to the pleasure of growing something "from scratch", you will also have the advantage that young plants will adapt more likely to the climate of your garden.

Yes, but, where do we find Parnassia seeds?

You can search for plants in nature, flowers follow fruits, with often fertile seeds; clear it is not easy to find these plants, it will be necessary to find the excuse for a hike in the mountains, but if you love these plants it could be a pleasant trip, to be done in late spring or summer.

If you want to try another way, to get seeds of the strangest, particular, or wild plants, you should contact one of the many seed banks present in Italy, they are made by groups of enthusiasts, but also by real associations, with the intention of spreading the pleasure of growing a small plant from seed, especially if it is a question of particular plants.

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