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About Bunch Flower: Though this plant takes several years to reach its full growth, its unusual beauty makes it well worth the wait. Commonly found in swamps and bogs, its fragrant flowers are known and valued for being extremely attractive to bees and butterflies. The genus name “Melanthium” comes from the Latin words for “black flower,” referring to the dark color of the dried seed pods. The species name “virginicum” means “of Virginia.”

Bunch Flower Germination: Plant just below the surface of the soil in late fall. To start indoors, mix the seed with moist sand and store it in the refrigerator for 60 days before planting in a germination flat. This seed is notoriously slow to germinate, taking anywhere from 3-12 months. Keep the soil lightly moist until germination.

Growing Bunch Flower Seeds: In its first year, this plant primarily develops its root system and may only produce a few leaves. Keep the soil moist, and do not allow it to dry out for long. Growing the plant in a pot for the first several years may help it become established in a protected environment; the plant usually takes 8-10 years to reach its full growth. These blooms attract numerous bees and butterflies.

Harvesting Bunch Flower: These blossoms do not perform well as cut flowers, and are best enjoyed outdoors.

Saving Bunch Flower Seeds: After the cluster of flowers has finished blooming, papery seed pods will form. As soon as the pods begin to turn dry and brown, cut the entire cluster of pods and let it dry completely. Separate the tan-colored seeds from the pods. Plant immediately or store the seeds in a cool, dry place.

Detailed Bunch Flower Info: Origin: US Native Wildflower Other Common Names: Bunchflower Lily Duration: Perennial Bloom Time: Summer Height: 36-60 inches Spacing: 15-24 inches Light: Full Sun to Part Shade Soil Moisture: Wet to Medium USDA Zone: 4a-7b Seeds Per Oz: 9,800 Produces plant with blade-like foliage and a single tall stem topped by a large cluster of fragrant cream-colored flowers.

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Note: Many wildflowers can grow in areas outside of their natural range.


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