Adlumia – Mountain Fringe, Allegheny Vine, Climbing Fumitory , Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

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Adlumia – Mountain
Fringe, Allegheny Vine, Climbing Fumitory
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This dainty
biennial vine, native as it is in our own country, is
little known. The leaves are fine and resemble the foliage
of a Maidenhair fern. These plants are related to the
Bleeding Heart and Dutchman’s Breeches and the flowers,
which are white or purplish, are tubular and unmistakably
resemble the Bleeding Heart, although they are tiny.
Adlumia fungosa (cirrhosa) is the only species
cultivated.

UTILIZE.
Where gracefulness is wanted in a vine, the Adlumia
supplies the need. It is effectively plant ed at the
base of an evergreen tree upon which it can climb. The
growth is so slender and the foliage so light that there
is no danger that the shade which it casts will harm
the tree in any way. It merely casts a veil of loveliness
over a portion of the evergreen. It may be used
for trellises and arbors of all sorts because it attains
a height of 15 feet.

GENERAL
AND PROPAGATION. The seed is sown in early Spring. Generally
the plants remain low and bushy for the first year.
The second year they grow rapidly, produce an abundance
of seed and then die. Fortunately the seeds self-sow
and when one has started the Adlumias, they generally
persist year after year from volunteer plants.

The plants
do not tolerate open, windswept places and enjoy a rich,
rather moist soil, and are best when not exposed to
the full sun all day. The seeds are best sown where
they are to grow, as the plants transplant with difficulty.


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