Sprekelia dormancy question

Dylan Hannon othonna@gmail.com
Mon, 01 Jan 2007 20:50:23 PST
Hello all,

For what it is worth, I have seen S. formosissima in situ in Mexico at
elevations of about 4000ft to 6000ft. I'm sure it gets higher than
that. These were sunny sites in rocky soil that is wet to moist in
summer. Subject to frost one might think, but CHICAGO?

Looking through some of the literature there are different forms of
this species that have attracted attention in times past. I think one
called "Williamsii" had more orange in the tepals and also glaucous
foliage. Does anyone grow distinct color forms of the Aztec Lily?

By the way, S. howardii is a very distinct entity, especially in the
narrow foliage and smaller bulbs without the pronounced neck. It grows
in hotter, drier places and needs a long dry dormancy but otherwise is
not difficult. Typically mine flower before the leaves emerge and they
are dramatic, a little smaller than S. formosissima and with slightly
narrower segments. I have a crop of seedlings and hope to offer it

Dylan Hannon

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