early Erythronium helenae flowers

Laura & Dave toadlily@olywa.net
Sun, 24 Feb 2013 15:20:18 PST
After reading the posts regarding the Erythroniums, I strolled outside to see 
what was up here.  As Ian pointed out in his SRGC blog, the E. caucasicum is the 
clear winner on early blooming, as I've had a couple flowers open for a day or 
two, and now being joined by several more.  The E. multiscapodium plants have 
raised buds above the leaves, but are still tightly closed and erect.  The E. 
helenae are showing buds, but still down nestled by the leaves. The race for 4th 
and 5th places may go to E. citrinum or E. hendersonii, but though barely 
showing, E. revolutum develops quite quickly, and may overtake these other two 
species.  The last to flower is usually our native species, E. oregonum.  Other 
species flower in between these two extremes, but I haven't been growing them 
long enough to have any valid data.

Dave Brastow - Tumwater Washington  USA  ~7A
at the southern end of Puget Sound, inland northwestern Washington.

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