Ornithogalum - curiouser

James Waddick jwaddick@kc.rr.com
Tue, 17 Jul 2007 09:41:50 PDT
Dear all,
	Curious indeed the differences between Paul and Mary Sue's 

>Paul said	"Ornithogalum dubium (yellow form) I have sail 
>through -8 or -9'C without a
>problem.......  I....wouldn't be without the yellow dubium.  "

	This is hardier than most places give, but far from the 
hardiness of North Temperate species.

	But what is this "Yellow" dubium". The Ornithogalum page 
shows a yellow hybrid


	and the S. African Ornith page shows a yellow O. dubium.


	as well as the yellow O. multifolium (and Ornithogalum 
graminifolium said to have yellow, white or pink flowers).

	Still wonder if anyone has tried to hybridize the S. African 
colored-flower forms with any of the white northern species. Is there 
some potential there for improved color in these easy to grown 
northern bulbs?

	Seems like there is a range of colors from orange to pink to 
yellow and my mental picture of these blended with white is very 
intriguing. Is this all a pipe dream or has anyone ever tried 
hybridizing within the wider elements of the genus.?

			Best		Jim W.

ps Sorry John, I'm not a fan of green flowers. Not an improvement 
over white. Curious yes, but.....
Dr. James W. Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
Ph.    816-746-1949
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