fawn lily

Jane McGary janemcgary@earthlink.net
Thu, 28 Mar 2013 16:47:35 PDT
I agree with Diana Chapman that Erythronium multiscapoideum is very 
easy to grow, including in pots. There is a form that was known as 
"Cliftonii" ( not a valid taxon) that has unusually large flowers.

Around Portland, Oregon, once E. revolutum is in a garden it usually 
self-sows. The seeds are dispersed by ants (as are seeds of many 
other western American species). Perhaps it germinates best if 
planted fresh. In nature it grows in moist places.

I leave my seed pots exposed to outdoor temperatures, at least the 
kinds that I plant in fall, but covered from the rain. I've raised 
many erythroniums from seed.

Jane McGary
Portland, Oregon, USA

At 06:22 AM 3/28/2013, you wrote:
>I have found that seed that is more than a year old is very difficult to
>germinate.  I germinate all my seed in the refrigerator, putting it in
>vermiculite in plastic bags and leaving it there until I see signs of
>germination, usually about three months.  The easiest Erythronium for me
>is E. multiscapoideum.  It seems to tolerate a wider range of growing
>conditions, and is more tolerant of warmer weather than the others.  It
>grows in regions that have blistering summers, but it does grow deep,
>and it is also the first one to emerge, way ahead of E. oregonum and E.
>revolutum.   E. revolutum has been the most difficult for me, even
>though it grows locally (or so I am told, I have never found any!).
>Lilium kelloggii grows locally too, and I can't grow that either.  I
>don't think any of these do well in pots.  I have had raised beds made
>for them, and they are doing well in them.
>Telos Rare Bulbs

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