Lycoris season 1

Tony Avent
Tue, 27 Jul 2010 09:21:55 PDT

Lycoris x haywardii has been in flower for just over a week, followed by our
earliest clone of L. sprengeri today.  L. longituba has a 6" spike, as does
L. longituba x chinensis.  No sign of activity on either L. sanguinea or L.
x squamigera yet.  

Tony Avent
Plant Delights Nursery @
Juniper Level Botanic Garden
9241 Sauls Road
Raleigh, North Carolina  27603  USA
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Maximum Summer Temps 95-105F
USDA Hardiness Zone 7b
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-----Original Message-----
From: []
On Behalf Of James Waddick
Sent: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 12:08 PM
To: Pacific Bulb Society
Subject: [pbs] Lycoris season 1

Dear Friends,
	As I mentioned earlier, Lycoris season has begun here in Kansas
City. I was driving around a day ago and was surprised to see a few L.
squamigera in bloom. This is nearly the ONLY Lycoris you see in my area.  My
plants have not put on a sign of a flower stalk yet. 
Hold that thought.

	Since L. sanguineum is the usual first to bloom I really wondered. I
came home and ripped away the veil of weeds around my L. 
sanguineum bulb spot and found two stalks with 3 or 4 spent flowers. 
I had totally missed them.  This is quite early.

	Since then, more stalks have appeared. 2 different L. 
chinensis x longituba are in bloom today. One with very pale petals and
strong yellow mid-stripe, the other a more uniform primrose yellow; both
with the longituba form.

	I often pick up a few more bulbs of L. squamigera when the
opportunity arrives. 2 years ago I got some left over from a local flower
club plant sale. These have started to bloom - 3 plants but even these are
early.  These early blooming squamigera are a few feet from a bed of over
100 bulbs none of which show a hint of a flower stalk yet.

	It is long thought that L. squamigera is a natural hybrid, triploid
and sterile. I agree, but might this natural hybrid  have occurred multiple
times and places resulting in various very similar clones separated mainly
by bloom season?  The early plants mentioned above were growing in a
slightly protected part of the city, but my newly blooming plants are too
close to older non-blooming plants to make me wonder.

	I have multiple patches of L. squamigera around my 1 acre garden.
They usually bloom within a few days of each other, but these new ones are
clearly jumping the schedule.

	I can't help but wonder.		Any thoughts?		Jim

Dr. James W. Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
Ph.    816-746-1949
Zone 5 Record low -23F
	Summer 100F +

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