question about Sternbergia and TOW

J.E. Shields
Mon, 15 Sep 2003 07:34:10 PDT
Hi Marguerite,

Sternbergia is still a genus in the Amaryllis family! What a strange 
"re-classification" that would be, to move it to the Iris family! That 
message was most certainly leading you astray.

Speaking of Sternbergia and of TOW, when I first grew Sternbergia lutea, i 
was convinced it would not survive outdoors here. I grew it strictly in 
containers. It never bloomed in a pot, not once! Fin ally, I planted some 
outdoors, where they bloom every autumn now. They even survived last 
winter, which was very wet and very cold (a real USDA zone 5 winter for a 
change). I am not sure that they will bloom this year, but it is still too 
early to know.

Jim Shields
in central Indiana

At 09:45 PM 9/14/2003 -0700, you wrote:
>Not too long ago, a message on one of the plant lists to which I belong 
>identified Sternbergia lutea as Crocus sternbergia lutea.   I thought 
>Sternbergia is an Amaryllid and not an Iridaceae.   Was that message 
>leading me astray, or has Sternbergia really changed its information?
>Marguerite English - Gardening with bulbs and perennials at 3500 feet in 
>the mountains of southern California.

Jim Shields             USDA Zone 5             Shields Gardens, Ltd.
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Westfield, Indiana 46074, USA
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