Thursday, May 9, 2013

Woodland Poppies Spreading

So the Woodland Poppies are flowering here, Stylophorum diphyllum. I used to have four of these, but this year I only have three. Now that's normally a bad thing, however they've been dropping seeds all over. Each flower produces maybe 20 seeds, and each plant makes maybe 12 ~ 24 flowers of the course of several months (I've never actually counted).

But now I'm starting to see seedlings popping up wherever the ants have carried them. Pictured here are where the one plant had died, but droves of other seedlings seem to be springing out from under logs and garden boards, generally where ants live.