Ok let’s break down to some serious plant geekage here. Not all will be able to appreciate this argument but for those who do. Kudos.
Are Sanguinaria & Jeffersonia related to each-other?
Last year having noticed two spring ephemerals emerge & flower at the same time I combined them into the same pot for further research. Watching these two pop up this spring it’s remarkable how similar they are in habit, growth and flowering. The nomenclature has them listed as different genus’s but are they actually the same?
Jeffersonia diphylla emerging March 10th
Let’s look at the facts. (care of wikipedia) for the proper breakdown of the family bloodline.
Admittedly once their leaves mature they’re distinctly different, but the new shoots & flowers are so similar I don’t know what to make of it. I’m not exactly a scientist but there has to be something to these distinct similarities. It’s like looking at brothers in a family portrait.
When you see the buds of these plants emerge be sure to pay attention as they last little more than a couple days. As if sitting there only by good grace, a single raindrop or brush of your hand and off come the petals, blinked and missed until next year.
What do you think?