Let the Lycoris begin....

James Waddick jwaddick@kc.rr.com
Mon, 20 Jul 2009 08:03:38 PDT
>Jim--Your Lycoris comments give me hope that I will see sanguinea again this
>year in about a month or so.

Dear Adam and all,
	Hope it pops up this year for you. We have been very wet and 
that MAY be related.

>  How is aurea to be distinguished from chinensis? in the garden? 
>Height? size?  Clues
>would be welcome other than having a tag on it.  They do get misplaced.

	Very easy. L. aurea is the largest Lycoris with leaves up to 
an inch wide and 30 plus inches long. The leaves are very succulent. 
L. aurea is one the most frost tender species.

	If you are growing a bright yellow Lycoris in your garden it 
is surely NOT L. aurea.  Way too tender to survive there in Chicago 
Metro area. It may be L. chinensis which is the most common yellow 
flowered Lycoris, but there's also a yellow form of L. longituba 
(pale yellow) and L. caldwellii (pale yellow, too) and L. straminea - 
more straw colored with fine pink dots. Hybrids of L. chinensis x L. 
longituba are mid-way in form and can be bright yellow.

	The major differences are the very large very succulent 
foliage of true L. aurea, which is really not very common in gardens.

			Best		Jim W.

>----- Original Message -----
>From: "James Waddick" <jwaddick@kc.rr.com>
>To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>
>Sent: Monday, July 20, 2009 7:33 AM
>Subject: [pbs] Let the Lycoris begin....
>>  Dear friends,
>>  While having a cuppa this morning and surveying the grounds
>>  (HA!), we saw a bit of orange where nothing had been showing. A
>>  closer inspection revealed the 3rd flower on Lycoris sanguinea
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