Adlumia fungosa – Mountain Fringe, Allegheny Vine, Climbing Fumitory .
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.
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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