Colchicum 'Alboplenum' ? 'White Waterlily'

Jane McGary
Fri, 02 Oct 2009 16:34:25 PDT
Jim wrote,

>It might be worthwhile to re-do these crosses using the white-flowered
>Colchicum 'Innocence' aka 'byzantinum album' instead of Colchicum speciosum

However, 'Innocence' (thanks, Jim, for the correct name) does not 
always stay pure white -- it flushes pink in cool weather. C. 
speciosum 'Album', however, never develops any pink coloration. 
'Innocence' has a short floral tube so it won't fall over in rainy 
weather, but I find C. s. 'Album' is better planted among something 
else that holds it up. I have seen (and published) a lovely photo of 
it naturalized in rough grass.

Jane McGary
Northwestern Oregon,

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