Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Flower Grown From Siberian Permafrost Seed

Approximately 30,000 years ago, a squirrel burrowed into the ground in Siberia and stored its hoard of fruit and seeds. Russian scientists found the treasure chamber in the Siberian permafrost and managed to reproduce an entire plant.

 Meet Silene stenophylla, the oldest plant ever to be regenerated.

Silene stenophylla

 It is fertile, producing white flowers and seeds. What does a gardener ask except "How soon we can order from a seed catalog? "