Z. atamasco (was Sternbergia and Zephyranthes)

Eugene Zielinski eez55@earthlink.net
Sun, 27 Oct 2013 21:16:46 PDT
When I lived in Augusta, Georgia (USA), I was able to observe Zephyranthes
atamasco "in the wild."  Their growth cycle was similar to that of Lycoris
radiata, except for bloom time.  They would put up new foliage in the fall
that would grow through the winter.  They would bloom in spring
(March/April).  In early summer, the foliage would start to turn yellow,
then disappear.  The seeds would ripen at about the same time.
The population grew in a deciduous woodland along a small, permanent stream
and bloomed every year.  Winter temperatures were fairly mild (zone 8). 
I'm not sure how they would behave in areas with colder winters.

Eugene Zielinski
Prescott Valley, AZ

> [Original Message]
> From: Ina Crossley <klazina1@gmail.com>
> To: Pacific Bulb Society <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>
> Date: 10/27/2013 1:34:27 PM
> Subject: Re: [pbs] Z. atamasco (was Sternbergia and Zephyranthes)
> Thank you Nick and Jim, I have had problems growing Z. atamasco, but it 
> is the spring wet bit I didn't know.  I have managed to get one to 
> flowering stage from seed, but it was nothing short of a miracle to me. 
> It is in the detail the difference lies, wet in spring.
> Should have better chance now with the seed of my one and only.
> What about Z. simpsonii? Does that have a detail I am missing in the wet 
> part?  Like Z. atamasco, I have managed to get one to flower.  But only 
> the one.
> Ina
> Ina Crossley
> Auckland New Zealand zone 10a

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