11 responses to “Chimonanthus praecox ‘Grandiflorus’”

  1. Justine Roths

    Does this plant rely on an insect pollinator? If so, I wonder who is active when it blooms to take care of that chore…. The flowers seem showy to be wind pollinated.

  2. Joe

    Yellow and smelly sure sounds insect pollenated to me, though I’m not sure either who is alive and flying this time of year.

  3. Ron B

    Conditions might be different in wild habitat.

  4. Beverley

    Chimonanthus kee-mon-anth-us From Gk. cheima [winter] and anthos [a flower] referring to its winter-flowering habit. praecox prie-koks. Early [flowering] Dictionary of Plant Names, Coombes

  5. Laura

    I am also curious as to who the pollenator could be! Perhaps a bird? It seems to suggest an insect though. Perhaps someone could find out?

  6. Old Ari

    Here on VI, just over the water from Vancouver, we get lots of warm days in the winter with a few bugs around. I have no idea of the conditions of its native soil.

  7. elizabeth a airhart

    is this the plant known as wintersweet

  8. R. Parker

    Possible pollinators: A quick Google search on Chimonanthus pollinator turns up several papers in Chinese. The automatic translation is not great, but bees (Apis) and a couple of flies are mentioned as pollinators.

  9. George L. in Vermont

    I don’t know who/how this plant is pollinated. Certainly there are insects, including moths of several families, that are active and flying in the early winter and late winter as well. Bernd Heinrich has written about how these poikilothermic, (“cold-blooded”), critters manage this in Natural History and elsewhere. Any observant New Englander has seen various insects flying when the temps are around and somewhat below freezing.

  10. janet

    lovely flower capture.

  11. fati

    I brought a few wintersweet seeds from Iran last summer. Indoor, I planted them as I was advised. At the moment 3 of them grow about 15-20 CM. A few days ago I plant them in my garden where they can have more sun between two walls. Should I cover them this long winter.I am open to any suggestion. It’s a new experiment for me, plant lover.

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