Fritillaria hybrids

Harold Koopowitz
Sun, 24 Apr 2005 11:15:02 PDT
Hi Jane:
How much has been done with Frit hybrids/ I think it could be a new 
exciting avenue.

At 10:41 AM 4/24/2005, you wrote:
>I seem to have some hybrids among California Fritillaria species raised 
>from home-grown seed. I would post pictures of them on the wiki if I knew 
>how to sign in, but I have not tried to post anything since it changed, 
>and apparently I need a password which I do not know, or else I don't know 
>exactly how to enter my user name.
>Anyway, I apologize if anyone has grown plants from my garden seeds of 
>Fritillaria purdyi and/or Fritillaria biflora, and now has seedlings in 
>flower that don't look like what they are supposed to be. It appears that 
>both groups of plants produced at least a few hybrid seeds. The one with 
>F. purdyi as a seed parent is quite large, flowering probably 2 years 
>before the other seedlings in its group, with 10 flowers on a stout stem 
>-- impressive! -- but the flowers have a greenish ground color rather than 
>the creamy white of F. purdyi, though they are marked like that species. 
>The ones with F. biflora as a seed parent are similar, but smaller, with 
>only 2 or 3 flowers per stem on first flowering; they have typical purdyi 
>checkering rather than the "tips and stripes" of biflora. Some apparently 
>pure biflora seedlings are flowering in the same group.
>I will search around and see if I can find out how to access the wiki 
>during the next few days, to show these interesting plants. Interesting 
>but disappointing to some, no doubt, because biflora is dead common and 
>purdyi is much sought after.
>Jane McGary
>Northwestern Oregon
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