Colchicum byzantinum and friends

Russell Stafford, Odyssey Bulbs
Sat, 03 Oct 2009 18:56:04 PDT
Colchicum laetum hort. has been given the name 'Pink Star'.  It is 
considered by some to be a selection of C. byzantinum.  Plants I have 
acquired from Holland under the name C. laetum have proven to be 
close to C. byzantinum, complete with hooked crimson stigmas.  They 
depart from the latter in some ways though -- for one thing the corms 
are smaller.  This has puzzled me somewhat, as the corms of C. laetum 
hort. are supposed to be similar in size to those of typical C. 
byzantinum.  Additionally, my C. laetum/'Pink Star' does not flower 
earlier than C. byzantinum, as it's supposed to.  I sometimes wonder 
whether there are several clones of C. byzantinum in cultivation, and 
I have something different from both typical C. byzantinum and 'Pink Star'.


  At 01:25 PM 10/3/2009, you wrote:

>Is there, then, an actual C. laetum? I have a plant under this name,
>acquired from a Dutch wholesaler, but it is quite different from what
>I have under the name C. parnassicum.  I suppose my plant is the same
>as John's "excellent free-flowering plant," as it makes quite a show,
>despite its narrow segments.

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

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