Jan. 5, 2017

Franklin tree, Franklinia alatamaha

When is a flower a wildflower? Franklinia has fascinated me for decades. But I first saw it last year. It was discovered along the Altamaha River in Georgia in 1765. By the early 1800s it had disappeared. One of the discoverers had fortunately established it in his garden in Philadelphia. It only grew there until modern times. Now with modern reproductive processes, horticulturists are growing it in many places. Wild or not? In any case I'm glad to share it. Beal Gardens, Michigan State University, 9/7/16