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As a comment about Forktooth Ookow (Dichelostemma congestum), jmorth wrote:

Heirloom 1806. Meadow plant. Silver dollar sized flower.

Mar 27, 2014 1:14 PM CST
I am artist doing a botanical drawing to be included in a exhibit of plants recorded by David Douglas. At this time of year I am not able to see the plant in bloom. From a combination of dozens of photos and countless sketches, I have been able to describe its growth habit BUT the scale eludes me. I am finding great variations in height (sources state from 1-5") and flower (size 2-5"). When you say the flowers are silver dollar size, is that the whole flower head or one of the multiple individual blossoms??
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Apr 1, 2014 4:44 AM CST
Sorry for the late response but sinus problems got the better of me.
I remember the whole bloom, a cluster of several individual flowers as a bit larger than a silver dollar anf it stood nearly 2 ft tall. I only grew it the for the first time last spring. After the severity of this past winter I have reservations about it's return this spring.
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