Calochortus wiki pictures

Mary Sue Ittner
Fri, 18 Jun 2004 06:57:29 PDT
Dear All,

I have made a number of changes to the Calochortus wiki page, changing 
text, taking off some of my husband's and my old pictures and adding better 
ones. Little by little I am replacing my old scanned photos with digitals 
that are better quality. Some of my Calochortus bloomed while we were gone, 
but there were still some blooming when we got back and now a few in the 
ground are blooming and some in my raised beds. The ones in containers are 
just about finished. Some of these pictures were taken last year, but I 
never got around to adding them.

Changes to look for:
I took off my old Calochortus luteus picture and added three new ones that 
show the differences in color and markings and improved the text.

I added pictures of C. nitidus. I never could get this one to bloom until 
Mike Mace suggested it benefited from water during dormancy. Since I've 
been doing that I've had blooms and seed set more than once. It isn't from 
a Mediterranean climate so a dry summer dormancy wouldn't be what it would 
get in nature.

I had blooms of Calochortus superbus this year so have added it. It can 
hybridize with C. luteus and probably has this year. I have fat seed pods 
on a lot of my Mariposas and since I was gone when they bloomed there was 
probably a lot of pollen getting shared about.

I took off my old picture of Calochortus tolmiei and improved the text and 
added two more. Also I replaced the two wild pictures that Bob took last 
year with two wild pictures he took this year at the same spot. There is 
such a variety in this species, not only in how it looks, but where it 
grows. That may be why I find it challenging to grow. I've lost a fair 
number of bulbs and seedlings and the ones I still have bloom months apart 
so obviously came from really different places.

Finally I added a picture of Calochortus umpquaensis taken last year. This 
is a species from southwestern Oregon.

Here's the wiki link for the page:…

Mary Sue

Mary Sue Ittner
California's North Coast
Wet mild winters with occasional frost
Dry mild summers

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