Lycoris caldwellii

James Waddick
Mon, 24 Aug 2009 12:12:34 PDT
Dear friends,
	I am more and more enthusiastic about Lycoris caldwellii. 
This species was not described until 1957, relatively recently and is 
not widely grown, but it sure deserves more attention. It is the star 
of my garden this week.

	This species is totally hardy here with typical spring 
foliage and mid-late season bloom. L. squamigera is essentially gone 
except for a couple very late stems resulting form a recent rain. The 
flowers are  good sized although smaller than the wide spread L. 
squamigera. Buds show a lot of rose-pink, but flowers open pale 
yellow - paler than the primrose of a steno note pad and gradually 
fade to cream -near-white. Although the fresh petals are smooth, they 
develop a wide open form with lightly ruffled edges. When fully open 
the petals spread out to a wide star shape.

	This species has the same genetic make up (2/3N= 27) as L. 
squamigera, but is  likely a sterile triploid hybrid of L. chinensis 
x L. sprengeri. If flowers abundantly and offsets readily. I suspect 
it would match L. squamigera in a side by side vigor trial. This 
surely deserves wider cultivation and garden space.

	See the wiki… picture 
showing the pink buds and range of yellows in new and older flowers.

		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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