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Karen McCarthy

Thanks Susan. Yes, I think these are the critters, did you ever notice a chocolaty smell with them? We would ride our horses over to where they grew and dismount just to take in the rich smell.

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Susan J Tweit

Yes, I know that smell. It's interesting how two very different species both evolved a chocolate fragrance for their flowers. (Not that they're aimed at attracting humans, mind you--it's all about enticing native bees and butterflies to pollinate their flowers!)

   
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Susan J Tweit

Marie Watson, They do indeed smell like chocolate--it's not a strong smell and it's most detectable in the morning, but it's definitely chocolate. Depending on your climate, they may succeed best if planted in early fall (at least that's true of the northern Southwest and Southern Rocky Mountains, where spring is often hot and dry and windy, not the best conditions for planting).

   

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