Leucojum vernum & aestivum

James Waddick jwaddick@kc.rr.com
Fri, 05 Jan 2007 13:07:34 PST
Well I'll put in my 2 cents worth :

	I grow both and have for years.
	L. vernum only as the carpaticum form, but never bought under 
that name, just were. They bloom reliably each year, set seed and 
don't really expand much. I have them in a couple spots.  They tend 
to start blooming at ground level as soon as buds rise above the 
soil. Foliage slightly paler, but still rich green, than L. aestivum. 
It is about 1 to 1 1/4 inch tall now.

	L. aestivum is many times more vigorous; blooming, expanding 
its growing area, producing numerous grape size fruits filled with 
seed and seedlings appearing each year. I also have the 
indecipherably similar 'Gravetye Giant'. Folage is up about the same 
as L. vernum,  but much deeper green color.

	My L. aestivum (Summer snowflake) ALWAYS precedes L. vernum 
in bloom exactly opposite of logic.

	Hearing from those having difficulty with these is a bit 
surprising since mine grow in a fairly dry site. I have no damp 
site-anywhere. Of course we get winter and spring precipitation-this 
year more rain than snow.

		Best	Jim W.
Dr. James W. Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
Ph.    816-746-1949
Zone 5 Record low -23F
	Summer 100F +

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