Pacific BX 220

Dell Sherk
Fri, 02 Oct 2009 14:13:25 PDT
Dear All,

       The items listed below have been donated by our members to be shared.

  If you are interested in obtaining some of them, please email me PRIVATELY
at <>. Include "BX 220" in the subject line. 

        Specify the NUMBERS of the items which you would like; do not
specify quantities. It is a good idea to include your snail mail address,
too, in case I don't already have it. Availability is based on a first come,
first served system. When you receive your seeds/bulbs you will find,
included with them, a statement of how much money (usually $2.00/item)
(cash, check, or Pay Pal to <>; no money orders, please) you
should send the PBS treasurer to defray our costs for packing and
first-class, priority-mail, or international postage.


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members of the Pacific Bulb Society. THIS BX OFFERING IS AVAILABLE ONLY TO
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         If you would like to donate seeds or bulbs/corms to the PBS,(Donors
will receive credit on the BX for the cost of postage for their donations.),
please send CLEAN, clearly labeled plant materials to:

Dell Sherk
6832 Phillips Mill Rd.
New Hope, PA, 18938 

Non US donors should contact me for instructions before sending seeds.


From Mary Sue Ittner:

1. Brodiaea elegans- cormlets, this is a very beautiful Brodiaea, see photos
on the wiki 

2. Calochortus vestae (pink) - these are offsets, not blooming size 

3. Dichelostemma volubile - cormlets of this twining pink Dichelostemma that
grows through other plants 

4. Freesia elimensis - cormlets, Kew says the correct name for this one is
Freesia caryophyllacea. Mine were grown from NARGS seed and bloomed for the
first time last fall, a long time from seed. Unfortunately, I forgot to
photograph and check the identification at that time so can't be sure of the
ID, but the corms are definitely Freesia like Freesia fucata - cormlets,
blooms in fall for me, white flowers 

5. Muscari pallens - originally from Jane McGary, this plant is dormant for
a long time for me, small plant, spring blooming, very charming 

6. Narcissus cantabricus - descendants from bulbs from Bill Dijk from early
or pre BX times, very reliable in my climate, early blooming (often fall)
Narcissus, already trying to grow 

7. Polyxena pauciflora - probably not blooming size, this Polyxena is aptly
named with few small flowers, but is cute in its own way 

8. Sparaxis elegans - cormlets 

9. Spiloxene capensis - a mix, probably both white and pink 

10. Zephyranthes atamasco - descendants from bulbs given me by a woman in
IBS when I was still a member of that group and an old list where I
complained I could not grow and bloom rain lilies where I live. She said I
should be able to grow this one as it is one for the shade and a winter
grower. She was correct. It has very large white flowers in spring and for
me is dormant in summer.

From Ron Vanderhoff: (BULBS)

11.Oxalis melanosticta (syn. Purpurea 'Ken Aslet')  Soft, silvery-pubescent
leaves are the main show. But, if undisturbed, will eventually produce
bright yellow flowers. Fall blooming.

12. Oxalis namaquana ULI54, (rcvd as species) An excellent selection of this
species. Deep green, "alfalfa-like" leaves and intense deep yellow flowers.
Winter blooming.

13. Oxalis obtusa 'Amber'  Typical, easy-to-grow O. obtusa. Free flowering.
Resembles color of honey to slightly peachy. Plant obtusa only about 1"
deep. Winter to mid spring blooming.

14. Oxalis obtusa 'Deep Salmon' Typical obtusa. Winter to mid spring

15. Oxalis obtusa 'Raspberry' 

16. Oxalis obtusa 'Peaches and Cream'

17. Oxalis obtusa 'Primrose'

18. Oxalis obtusa, large form

19. Oxalis obtusa MV 5516

From Jay Yourch:(BULBS)

20. Hippeastrum blossfeldiae - Tender.

21. Crinum 'Ellen Bosanquet' - 1 huge bulb with offsets attached. Sun to
part shade, moist soil, zone 7.
22. Crinum jagus ratrayii - medium and small bulbs. Part sun, moist soil,
Zone 8.

23. Crinum jagus vanillodorum - medium and small bulbs. Part sun, moist
soil, zone 8.

24. Crinum 'Royal White' - large, medium, and small bulbs. Sun to part sun,
moist soil, zone 7.

25. Ammocharis coranica - 1 small bulb. Sun, zone 7.


26. Belamcanda 'Hello Yellow' - hundreds of fresh seeds. Sun to part shade,
dry or moist soil, zone 5.
Hymenocallis 'Tropical Giant' - a dozen or more seeds, various sizes. Sun to
part shade, moist soil, zone 7.

27. Aesculus parviflora - 4-5 large seeds.  Not a bulb, instead a deciduous
shrub with nice compound foliage, beautiful summer flowers and consistent,
excellent, yellow autumn color.  My 15 year old plants are 7 feet tall and
slightly wider, but plants begin flowering when they're just a few years
old.  It can grow and flower in sun or shade and can withstand drought once
established, but best growth occurs in moist, well drained soils.  Although
native to the southeast United States, it's cold hardy to zone 5. 

Keep the seeds cool and moist and try to sow them immediately. Do not allow
them to dry out because they will lose viability rapidly.  I sow mine in
containers on potting soil in a cool, but frost free garage.  Be careful to
keep the ungerminated seeds in a location away from squirrels because they
will take and eat them, once germinated they lose interest.  During autumn a
root will emerge, followed by a short stem, then it will rest during winter,
leaves will grow in the spring.  Here are a few links for more information,
the first link is a blog entry I wrote about the plant in 2007.  These seeds
are from the plants pictured in the blog entry.…

From Judy Glattstein:

28. Bulbs of Nerine sarniensis 'Corusca Major'
29. bulbs of Oxalis melanosticta

30. Seed of Mirabilis longiflora
31. Seeds of Mirabilis jalapa ex 'Limelight'

Thank you, Mary Sue, Ron, Jay, and Judy !!

Best wishes,

Dell Sherk, PBS BX

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