Favorite Yellow Flowered Bulbs--TOW

Rodger Whitlock totototo@pacificcoast.net
Fri, 23 Jan 2004 17:44:32 PST
On 19 Jan 04 at 10:13, Mary Sue Ittner wrote:

> This week's topic is your favorite five (or more) yellow flowered
> geophytes.

1. Iris winogradowii
2. Beauverdia sellowiana (Ipheion sellowianum, aka something else)
3. Eranthis hyemalis
4. Gladiolus dalenii, yellow form
5. Lilium pumilum(?)

I'm a sucker for soft yellow flowers, and the iris and gladiolus in
my list certainly come under that heading. Unfortunately, Gladiolus
dalenii is just not quite hardy to do well in my garden; I'm not
sure if I still have it. Iris winogradowii lives in pots; mine were 
grown from seed, some from a contact in Poland, others derived from a 
single bulb bought years ago from Ed Lohbrunner.

Beauverdia sellowiana was given to me by Don Elick. It's too tender 
to thrive out of doors, so is also pot-bound. It's the anomalous 
tetramerous form I have, and its late winter flowers never fail to 

Eranthis hyemalis is a favorite. It's tough and indestructible, 
absolutely foolproof -- if you can establish it. It doesn't seem to 
like light soils, preferring soils with good body in semi-shaded 
positions. Easiest way of establishing it is to move it when it's in 

The last item is a small lily that I grew from seed; I lost the 
label and am not sure of its identity. It's a dainty thing, 
faithfully coming up and flowering under conditions of total neglect. 
The flowers are a bright yellow, with reflexed tepals a la L. 

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
"To co-work is human,
to cow-ork, bovine."

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