} Mountain Carrot-10 SEEDS (GINGIDIA montana ) Maori Aniseed, PERENNIAL

Mountain Carrot-10 SEEDS (GINGIDIA montana ) Maori Aniseed, PERENNIAL

$ 4.57
SKU P27048S

  culinary herb / groundcover, honey-bee food plant

 THIS PERENNIAL HERB Striking pinnate foliage, perennial. Suitable for natural landscaping. Easy to grow.

Gingidia montana is a small, erect, perennial herb growing to 30 cm tall with a similar spread and flowering occurring naturally in Australia and New Zealand.
The blue-green leaves are long and are highly divided with small oval leaflets which have slightly serrated edges. Flowers which are similar to a carrot, are white, small and in clusters of 8–12 and the fruit are oval-shaped. Gingidia montana occurs in crevices of basalt and trachyte rock on cliffs. It is found in moist open sites in both the North and South Islands of New Zealand. It is readily eaten by deer.

Plant Description

Life Cycle: Perennial
Family: Apiaceae
Origin: New Zealand: open grasland, along rivers and creeks.
Special Features: Striking pinnate foliage, perennial. Suitable for natural landscaping. Easy to grow.
Basic Colour: (white / cream)
Flower Colour: white umbels
Natural Flowering Period: June - August

 Seed - best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe since the seed only has a short viability

 Seed can also be sown in the spring, though germination rates will be lower. It requires light for germination[

When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a cold frame for their first winter, planting them out into their permanent positions in the spring.

Cold-germinators are still referred to as frost-germinators, although this isn’t quite correct. The sowing must be kept warm (about +18 to +22°C) [about 64 to 72°F] and moist for the first 2–4 weeks. After this period the sowing must be kept at a cold temperature (between –4 and +4°C) [between 25 and 39°F] for another 4–6 weeks. Colder temperatures of –5°C [23°F] are only advantageous for most species of the Ranunculus family. It is not so important if the temperature is higher or lower during the cooling period, but the cooling period has to be prolonged because the synthesis of the germination inducer, hormon-like acid, slows down or comes to a standstill.
It is beneficial to cover the sowing with snow during the cooling-period. The temperature below it usually keeps in the optimum range of –4 to 0°C [25 to 32°F]. The sowing is kept moist, and the melting snow helps to destroy the shell, which is advantageous for the germinating seedling. After this cooling-period the sowing may not be immediately exposed to high temperatures. The most effective temperatures are between +5 to +12°C [41 to 54°F], even if germination has started. The best location for this sowing, even in March, April and May, is the open field, the cold frame or a cold greenhouse.

Winter Hardiness Zones: Z6 - Z9 
Foliage: pinnate, oblong-ovate, serrulate, very strong, green.
Growth Habit: sturdy / vigorous
Height with Flowers: 40 cm
Spacing between Plants: 40 cm
Soil Requirements: moist / along streamsides / average

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