pbs] Galanthus for warm climates

Mark BROWN brown.mark@wanadoo.fr
Tue, 31 Jan 2012 08:05:58 PST
Galanthus elwesii is not a rare plant. I would avoid the var.monostictus variants though.They seem to be higher altitude more cold adapted plants.
The type species grows well in the mediterranean.
Other species that you could try if you can find them:
GG.gracilis, fosteri, cilicicus, peshmenii. They are all southern european to middle-eastern species.
I would recommend the same culture as for Iris unguicularis but with slightly richer humusy soil.
G. peshmenii and G. cilicicus are barely hardy here!
There are selected forms these days too.
I have just heard of an autumn flowering ssp of G. fosteri this spring...
A good form of G. fosteri is a great treasure! It seeds well too.
I could save the seed but it would not be true!

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"Message du 31/01/12 16:17
> De : "Brian Whyer" 
> A : "Pacific Bulb Society" 
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> Objet : Re: [pbs] pbs] Galanthus nivallis
> According to my copy of "The Bulbous Plants of Turkey" by Mathew and Baytop, there are 7 species of Galanthus in the country. Habitat "usually occurring in light woodland or scrub". Some will get pretty warm in summer in I would have thought so it is not a lost cause, but G. nivalis only gets a passing mention as the ssp. reginae-olgae, so you will need to avoid the cheap ones unfortunately.
> Brian Whyer"
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