Fritillaria pictures on the wiki

Mary Sue Ittner
Sat, 13 Mar 2004 11:17:29 PST
Dear all,

Jane McGary has been busy adding a lot of new images to the wiki. Some of 
them are Fritillarias and I could see that our Fritillaria page was getting 
long and would be getting longer so I have made a new page for the North 
American species and removed them from the other page:…

Those people who have added pictures before of species from North America 
don't panic, they are not lost. New pictures on the new wiki page are of 
Fritillaria biflora, Fritillaria pudica, and F. roderickii.  Jane has added 
the picture of F. pudica and I added pictures of the other two. I am so 
thrilled as for the first time after trying to grow many of these North 
American species, both purchased adult bulbs and from seed, I'm going to 
have blooms from three species this year that have not bloomed before. Yea! 
So I may have more pictures to add later. Also I'm going to have blooms 
from Erythroniums grown from seed for the first time and my first yellow 
Clivia from seed (actually my first ever Cliva to bloom at all.)

We have discussed Fritillaria roderickii on this list before. Mine was 
grown from seed that came from plants rescued from the Mendocino Coast. 
None of us can find any left of the coastal plants any more. Since some 
people think the inland plants may be different and those were the only two 
spots these plants were still found, they may be lost. We are talking about 
trying to reintroduce them again. So it is probably good that I could not 
get blooms in the past from any of the other species as my seed from this 
species should be pure. I chose to call it like I did instead of going with 
F. grayana or F. biflora var. biflora just because there are a number of 
people who feel this should be a separate species and the state of 
California still recognizes this name. My F. biflora is a much taller 
plant, much earlier to bloom, does not have the lighter markings, and does 
not have rice grains like F. roderickii has. F. roderickii offsets a lot 
while F. biflora does not. I don't know if anyone has done dna testing on 
the two. But as long as I have added the synonyms hopefully anyone who 
wonders will know which plant I am talking about.

There are also new additions to the Fritillaria page:…

I have added images of Fritillaria bithynica that was a BX from Jane McGary 
and Jane has added images of Fritillaria ariana  and Fritillaria pinardii. 
I always think of Jack Elliott when it comes to Fritillaria and it was his 
enthusiasm about this species that made me want to try growing it. I'm sure 
he'd be pleased that more information and pictures are appearing on the wiki.

Mary Sue

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