Sternbergia greuteriana

John Lonsdale
Wed, 01 Oct 2003 16:33:05 PDT
Dear Jane,

Just a quick note with a question.  The ex Mike Salmon Sternbergia lutea
ssp. angustifolia you sent me looks and behaves remarkably like Sternbergia
sicula here.  Is this something you've noticed?  It flowers at exactly the
same time as sicula - approx. 2-3 weeks before lutea, but especially it has
the tell-tale silver stripe down the center of the leaves which I have never
seen on any luteas.

If you ever have spares of any S. greuteriana clones I'd love to try them.
I've had but never germinated seed and the couple plants I've had have not
been true to name.

Have you ever grown true S. colchiflora - mine always turn into something
else?  Next year I can let you have S. fischeriana if you like - lovely
thing, very late flowering here, in early spring in a normal cold winter.
Even in my hoop house it flowered mid-winter.   Very large flowers.  The
leaves are large and glaucous - I sent some to mark McD and he raves about

Parcel on the way to you on Monday.



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-----Original Message-----
From: []
On Behalf Of Jane McGary
Sent: Sunday, September 28, 2003 2:22 PM
To: Pacific Bulb Society
Subject: [pbs] Sternbergia greuteriana

After posting the photo of Sternbergia greuteriana, I realized that there 
is very little information on it available in standard sources, so here is 
some more:
Sternbergia greuteriana Kamari et Artelari (sp. nov. 1990). Native to 
Karpathos, S. Greece. Narrow bright green leaves (not glaucous as in other 
small species), slightly emergent at flowering time as in S. sicula. 
Antoine Hoog writes, "This is the only stoloniferous species in the genus, 
producing pea-sized offsets at shallow depth, in nature probably very 
useful for the spread of the species, as these offsets will roll and get 
washed in all directions; hardiness has been ascertained down to -12 
degrees C."

This definitely is a good increaser. I have grown it from purchased bulbs 
(MK.0187) and from seed, so I have several clones. I dry it off in the

Although relatively recent to cultivation, S. greuteriana holds a lot of 

Jane McGary
Northwestern Oregon

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