colchicum byzantinum & friends

Russell Stafford, Odyssey Bulbs
Mon, 05 Oct 2009 17:31:58 PDT
Hi, Jerry -- what is your source for this?  Rod Leeds, apparently 
drawing on information from an RHS AGM trial, describes 'Pink Star' 
as a selection of C. byzantinum . John Grimshaw in an earlier 
contribution to this thread says the same of C. laetum hort., by 
which (I assume) he means the plant Rod Leeds refers to as 'Pink 
Star'.  This, however, does not square with a recent article in the 
Turkish Journal of Botany, which pegs C. laetum hort. as synonymous 
with C. decaisnei. It is also my understanding that C. parnassicum is 
confused in commerce with C. laetum Steven (or the REAL C. laetum), 
not C. laetum hort.  As is so often the case with members of this 
genus, the whole thing is a bit of a mess.


At 11:35 PM 10/4/2009, you wrote:
>    Actually Colchicum  'Pink Star' was named by the holder of the National
>Collection in England as the best clone of C. laetum Hort.  It has wider
>tepals and is showier than the more usual C. laetum Hort which can be gotten
>under many other names, including C. parnassicum . I think I have another
>different but very similar clone.
>J.John Flintoff
>Lake Forest Park, Washington, USA
>Zone 8

Russell Stafford
Odyssey Bulbs
PO Box 382
South Lancaster, MA  01561

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