Otherwise known around my house as the “Alien Seed Pod”
These first came to my home from seeds gathered from my mother’s house in
“These are good shade plants,” she said. And at her house they were – lightly scattered beneath a birch tree they gave a bit of delicate color to that spot.
But at my house – the “Alien Seed Pods” obviously found something they loved –because what started out as “lightly scattered” in the shade soon became “thickly clustered” – anywhere and everywhere a seed touched the ground. Full sun, part shade, in the lawn, in the cracks of the sidewalk. Even under the Black Walnut tree where most things do not like to grow.
I love these plants, though. From the first delicate ferny fronds that peek up in the spring, to the unexpected colors (I never ever know what color they are going to be), to the wild variations in height (some are 2” – some are 12” or more), to the fun and funky seed pods, they never cease to bring a smile.
And I love what this website says about their bloom time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Around here –that pretty much means I have “aliens” in various stages of growth and bloom and "poddage" from spring until frost.
It's so great. They are also not common around here, so they make for some interesting conversations.
Nearly time for the first pod harvest. Anyone need some seeds? Just send me your address and I will pop a pod or two in the mail to you.