fawn lily

richard xerics@cox.net
Wed, 27 Mar 2013 16:29:44 PDT
I'm happy for you. I have been trying to germinate seed for several years
now with nary a one. I thought that perhaps my winters were too warm so the
last batch spent a few months in the refrigerator at 40 degrees F. Still
nothing. Any Pointers?

Richard Wagner
Vista CA

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On Behalf Of Kathleen Sayce
Sent: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 2:24 PM
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Subject: [pbs] fawn lily

Erythronium revolutum, pink fawn lily, is widely distributed in western
north america. I have two different groups from wild collected seeds in my
yard, and the differences in bloom time are striking. The lowland-source
plants, 200 ft elevation, are in flower now. The mountain-source plants,
2800 ft elevation, have just appeared above ground, and will probably flower
in 3-4 weeks. The accidental plus is the extension of flowering period for
this species in my garden from these two very different collections. 

Also in flower now is E. tuolumnensem, bright yellow; about to open is E.
helenae, which has gone from upright to hooked bud over several weeks.
Several others have buds among the foliage, and are a few weeks from full
flowering, including E. oreganum. Dave Brastow gave me a seedling of this
species several years ago, and I'm very pleased that I have not managed to
kill it off. 

I am hoping for seeds this year from several clumps, and have already got
wire mesh protection in place to keep the deer from eating the developing
seed heads. 

The surprise this spring was finding a flowering Scoliopus hallii clump. I
had planted it years ago, it was eaten the next year, I assumed it was dead,
but no, years later, it's growing well, producing offsets and flowering. 
Plants are amazingly tough. 


Kathleen Sayce
PNW Coast, WHZ 8, dryish cool summers & mild wet winters

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