Amaryllis belladonna and fire

Paul Licht
Wed, 30 Sep 2009 21:16:16 PDT
I don't see any particular theme. Here in Berkeley at the Garden and my 
home, they bloomed profusely as they do almost every year. We now have a 
nice collection of colors.

Paul Licht, Director
Univ. California Botanical Garden
200 Centennial Drive
Berkeley, CA 94720

Mary Sue Ittner wrote:
> Hi,
> It has been a dismal year for the Amaryllis belladonna in my garden. 
> Only two have bloomed. Usually I have a lot more bloom.
> You may recall in our recent discussion about how to get them to 
> bloom that I wrote that in South Africa they are much more likely to 
> bloom after a fire. Members of this list didn't seem willing to go to 
> those extremes to get them to bloom.
> Several weeks ago a local restaurant burned to the ground. This 
> restaurant was sited close to a bluff top overlooking the Gualala 
> River and the Pacific Ocean. Below it was a steep slope that was a 
> mixture of mostly non native vegetation (non native grasses, Vinca 
> major, wild radish) although there were some Garryea elliptica (silk 
> tassel bushes/trees) and Baccharis closer to the bottom. The upper 
> part burned with the building taking out for the moment the Vinca. 
> Walking on the bottom of the slope where there is a trail a week plus 
> later we saw something pushing out of the ground on the hillside 
> above in the scorched earth and broken glass. Immediately we figured 
> out it had to be Amaryllis belladonna. We've never seen it there and 
> I'm not sure how it got there since I don't think anyone could have 
> planted it on that steep of a slope. But it is all over the place 
> with more coming up all the time. I took a few pictures for the wiki 
> today, but I couldn't get very close and my zoom lens distorts distances.
> <…>… 
> Mary Sue
> PS. So far it seems to be a great start for my Oxalis and Moraea 
> polystachya is in bloom and the first Crocus and Hyacinthoides 
> lingulata. Also a number of Nerine hybrids and species are in bloom 
> and a lot of Cyclamen.  
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