Lycoris season 1

Jim McKenney
Tue, 27 Jul 2010 10:05:39 PDT
Jim Waddick wrote: "but might this natural hybrid have occurred multiple
times and places resulting in various very similar clones separated mainly
by bloom season? "

Jim, I think it was sometime last year when you posted a link to a paper
discussing the various forms of Lycoris. As I recall, that paper mentioned
that the hypothetical origin of L. squamigera as a hybrid of L. sprengeri
and L. longituba had been tested (by reproducing the cross) and the
resulting progeny resembled L. squamigera but with small differences.

I've seen slight variations in time of bloom, color and height in what I
take to be L. squamigera in local gardens. But I'm clueless about the
significance of these variations. 

I've seen no sign of Lycoris activity in my garden yet. The day before
yesterday a terrific wind storm ripped through the area: it lasted for only
seven minutes, but wind speeds went from nothing to hurricane force in a
matter of moments and then did not let up at all until the front passed.
Huge trees swayed, some came down, small trees writhed in the wind.
Herbaceous plants went down, lodged flat on the ground. The winds raked the
crepe myrtles of their blossoms, hurling them in pink snow over the
neighborhood. Those seven minutes left the area full of downed trees and
lots of other damage, We were without electricity for about 22 hours; some
have yet to get electric back. Along with the wind there was briefly
torrential rain. And then it suddenly stopped, the sun came out, and gentle
rain fell for another half hour. And then we lost power. 

Maybe some of that rain will bring up some Lycoris scapes here. 

Jim McKenney

Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, 39.03871º North, 77.09829º West, USDA zone

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