Nerine x Lycoris hybrids . . . ?

J.E. Shields
Sun, 21 Nov 2004 10:39:58 PST
Tom and all,

Habranthus, Zephyranthes, Sprekelia, and Rhodophiala all seem to cross with 
one another, at least sometimes.  There have been occasional articles on 
the bigeneric hybrids in Rain Lilies published in HERBERTIA over the 
years.  Since Rhodophiala bifida is hardy here where I live, I would like 
to see someone using it to breed both rich red flower color and cold 
tolerance into some of the Rain Lilies.

If someone is going to try this, a compilation of chromosome counts for the 
species in this group would be very handy.  I don't plan to work in this 
area, but I would be happy to field test any potentially hardy Rain Lily 
hybrids that anyone creates.

I unfortunately don't have pictures of any of the wide intergeneric hybrids 
that Margot made way back when.

Jim Shields
in central Indiana (USA), USDA zone 5

At 07:49 AM 11/21/2004 -0800, you wrote:
>By any chance do you have a photo of any of the very wide crosses?
>To stretch the topic a bit, yesterday a few of us were discussing the lack 
>of good color in Habranthus, and the possibility of hybidizing some 
>in.  You mention a bit on this on your web page.  Do you know if this has 
>ever been done, and were there pictures taken of the resulting flower?
>Tom Glavich

Jim Shields             USDA Zone 5             Shields Gardens, Ltd.
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