Legacy Bulbs

Jim McKenney jimmckenney@jimmckenney.com
Mon, 17 May 2010 08:17:54 PDT
Mary Sue wrote: "Kathleen also mentions Erythronium as naturalizing. I've
yet to try it in the ground although I have enough of a couple of species
now to try. Are there any specific species that people have found that once 

planted become persistent in the garden with little care?"


Although I have yet to see the site itself, I have seen plants taken from a
naturalized planting of Erythronium dens-canis in northern Virginia near the
Potomac River. 


I have also been told about a naturalized planting of Cardiocrinum cordatum
(said to number dozens of plants) in a wooded area southwest of Baltimore,
Maryland. Don't hold me to the location because again, I've seen a plant
from this population but I have not been allowed to see the site itself. 


I didn't participate in the earlier rounds of this discussion because I've
been very busy here. Also, I couldn't think of any bulbs which persist here
enough to be noticeable except for Ornithogalum umbellatum, Ranunculus
ficaria (aka Ficaria verna et al.) and Pinellia of several sorts. But the
other day I was absentmindedly gazing at some local field verges and
realized that the color I was enjoying was coming from another naturalized
bulb: Ranunculus acris. 


I share Mary Sue’s surprise at some of the plants included in this list: we
should all be so lucky and have some of them naturalizing in our gardens. 



Jim McKenney


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