Acis/ Leucojum - something blooming

Rodger Whitlock
Wed, 09 Mar 2005 18:00:45 PST
On  8 Mar 05 at 10:33, James Waddick wrote:

>  Leucojum (or is it Acis?) vernum carpaticum starts emerging 
> flowers first, but by now already  has a stem with yellow tipped 
> flowers. A very slow increaser compared to L. aestivum which is eager to
> multiply and self sow. Can't see much different with a small plant of
> 'Gravetye Giant'.
>  Nice to see, but seems way too early along with lots of other 
> pre-spring blooms.

Leucojum is still the right name for L. aestivum and L. vernum. It's the 
little guys that make up Acis.

I've planted dozens, perhaps hundreds, of L. vernum bulbs here over the 
years, then watched them peter out and die. There is only one place in my 
garden, of all I've tried, where they succeed. I moved the lingering 
survivors from another location and they are obviously putting on 
strength. The one location is rather sunny and dry in summer, fairly well 
drained in winter (important in my soggy garden). 

Flowering is just about over here for L. vernum, and L. aestivum is just 
starting to come into flower.

L/A tingitanum is in flower as I speak, in a pot. The biggest of the 
Acises, and sufficiently different I wonder if the DNA studies looked at 
its status.

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Maritime Zone 8, a cool Mediterranean climate

on beautiful Vancouver Island

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