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|Origin:||Subspecies from the Balkan. Temperate climate zones in Europe: preferably calcareous slopes.|
|Basic Colour:||(red / scarlet / purple)|
|Flower Colour:||red with yellow stamens|
|Natural Flowering Period:||May - June|
|Winter Hardiness Zones:||Z5 - Z8|
|Foliage:||odd-pinnate, lanceolate, intense green|
|Height with Flowers:||60 cm|
|Spacing between Plants:||50 cm|
|Soil Requirements:||dry / lime-loving, calcareous / average|
|Characteristics:||medicinal plant / solitary plant|
|Usage:||honey-bee food plant / suitable for cutting|
|Grams per 1000 seeds:||166.66667 Gram|
|Seeds per Gram
(does not correspond to the number of plants!):
|Gram to get 1000 plants
(if sown directly into pots etc. you will need a larger quantity):
|Plug tray recommended size(s):||open flats|
(6) These seeds germinate extremely late, sometimes it takes one year or longer before germination starts. To best utilize space and avoid drying out, this seed must be “stratified” (placed in layers of wet sand – alternately a thin layer of seeds and a layer of well-moistened sand, etc.). The stratification boxes have to be kept in the shade to benefit from weather effects – especially winter. A fine wire mesh will protect them from mice and birds. Nurseries have found that concrete boxes are useful for large amounts of seed. In spring frequently check to see if germination has begun. When germination has started, the seeds must be sown immediately in the prepared bed with the moist sand.
(10) For these bigger hard-shelled seeds, mechanical damaging of the shell is helpful for quicker swelling. One method is to grind the seed in dry sharp sand. They can also be treated for several hours in a “softener” (Polyethylenglycol 6000), which is used for the production of plastic material.