Hymenocallis occidentalis. Was: .... Hymenocallis caroliniana

J.E. Shields jshields@indy.net
Sun, 07 Aug 2005 17:34:51 PDT
Hi Adam and all,

Hymenocallis occidentalis (now the accepted name for "caroliniana") 
normally blooms in late summer.  This may be after the leaves have already 
died back.  It's sister species, Hymenocallis liriosme, blooms in spring 
with the first flush of leaves.

Both are fairly hardy in the North, but I'm not sure I've heard of any 
occidentalis blooming as far north as Chicago.  Let us know what your bulbs 
do next year, please.

Jim Shields
in central Indiana (USA)

At 07:02 PM 8/7/2005 -0500, Adam wrote:
>I also have two Hymenocallis caroliniana (if they're true to name) that are
>in bud which surprised me because I got them in June with no leaves.  I put
>them in the bottom of a 10 gal. paint drum with a little peat outdoors and
>some moisture so that they wouldn't dry out before I got around to planting
>them.   Two days ago, I noticed that 2 of the 7 had floweor stalks on them.
>What is the usual bloom season for these?  I thought that it was spring and
>that they didn't go dormant until late fall.  (These had been  dug from the
>wild , trimmed for sale and shipped with fleshy roots., which I think pushed
>them into a artificial dormancy. (I bought them on eBay.)

Jim Shields             USDA Zone 5             Shields Gardens, Ltd.
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