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And 1,083 Lines of Lupine
The Plant Introduction Station, which maintains a stunning variety of plants at WSU, celebrated 50 years of maintaining genetic diversity in 2000.» More ...
It’s Only a Model
In Search of the Wild Chickpea
About an hour into our continued search, Walt called out that he had found it. It was on a slope so steep and rocky, we had to lie on our sides to keep from sliding down. But that was the good news, because the plant was apparently thriving in a niche where competing plants could not survive.» More ...
A Season for Seeds
STRANGE THINGS sprout in Skagit Valley’s fields: Monster plants with six-foot stalks covered with yellow flowers, delicate ferny-leaved things with round white heads holding hundreds of tiny blossoms, and unruly tangles of leaves, spears, and spikes.
John Roozen ’74, whose family’s name is synonymous with Skagit Valley tulips, keeps careful watch on these fields. He swings his pickup over to the side of the road and dives into a field, a curly, hairy mess of green. He plucks off the tip of a plant and hands it over. See that, he says, pointing at the dozens of small green nuggets clustered along the stem, those … » More …