The potted plants display a vigor far superior to that of the wild specimens. I’ve learned a lot about these plants by having them in a situation that allows daily viewing, but I would still like to create a situation that more closely matches that experienced by the wild plants.
Wild plants typically develop three or fewer buds.
This forest of stalks produces enough seed to repopulate the pot as well as for me to collect a good quantity which I return to the site at which I originally obtained seed for this project.
The Draba is typically a little behind the Leavenworthia in development. Buds are evident in early April.
I was surprised in September 2013 when the Draba reached a growth stage equivalent to what is normally seen in early March.
These super plants were larger than any I had ever had in the pot. The plant up against the pot wall to the far right is the one shown in the previous photo. It has put on a lot of growth since September.
These individuals are well within the accepted size range for Draba cuneifolia. I’m just pointing out that the wild grown Blue Jay Barrens representatives of this species do not come close to expressing their full genetic potential. The wild plants remain small because that’s the best they can do under the conditions found in those areas in which they can survive. Improvement in growing conditions would probably favor competing vegetation, so instead of the Drabas growing larger, they would probably be crowded out.
Draba cuneifolia is presently the most developed species in the mix. Leavenworthia uniflora is present in good numbers and there is a sprinkling of the diminutive Draba reptans. It’ll be interesting to see how things progress this spring.