Monday, November 9, 2020

Gathering seeds


All images except the last three are from the Michigan Flora website. Ripe Bladdernut fruit. They rattle when you shake them.


Wafer Ash

Moonseed with typical-for-my-area leaves

Atypical leaves. Lovely photo, though.

Wild Yam. I found it growing in association with Pagoda Dogwood, a beat-up Wild Black Cherry and a small American Elm. It looks elegant on the Pagoda Dogwood and would add winter interest.

Some more seed panicles

Some American Larch with better-than-average tree form. Most of the ones around here look kind of scrubby. These were as straight as utility poles. I did not get any seeds from these.


  1. My late Brother used to collect Canadian Hemlock seed and sell it. It takes about 385,000 hemlock seeds to make a pound. There are about 26 seeds in a Hemlock cone.

    He also used to collect Fraser Fir seed. They have a limited growing area and won't survive below about 2,500 feet elevation.

    To get the seed, you have to use a shaker machine. It separates the seed from the cone and other detritus.

  2. Interesting set of choices, and a lot of work!

  3. Cleaned Can. Hemlock seed and Fraser Fir seed gets about $90.00 per pound, depending. One year, my brother sold 300 pounds of Hemlock seed and a couple hundred pounds of Fraser Fir seed.

  4. I was reading an article about deer that said they were immune to poison ivy and would eat it. Deliberately planting it seems a stretch but I suppose someone could do it to both attract deer and deter/channel humans.


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