3 Yellow Lyroris

Kelly Irvin kellso@irvincentral.com
Wed, 11 Sep 2013 18:14:05 PDT
Tony:

I just don't think that could be L. aurea, then. Maybe it's L. 
traubii. I've had it survive down to 13° in a winter house with air 
movement, but no frost formed in those special conditions. Whether 
it's frost at 13° or 32°, this will turn the leaves to mush.

Mr. Kelly M. Irvin
10850 Hodge Ln
Gravette, AR 72736
USA																
479-787-9958
USDA Cold Hardiness Zone 6a/b

On 9/11/13 4:36 PM, Tony Avent wrote:
> Jim:
>
> Lycoris aurea is hardy here for us, and has been so for well over a decade, probably only experiencing a low of 6 degrees F.  While I would agree that it won't go further north, I certainly wouldn't term the leaves frost-sensitive in our garden experience.   Other forms of L. aurea have been less winter hardy.
>
> Tony Avent
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: pbs-bounces@lists.ibiblio.org [mailto:pbs-bounces@lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of James Waddick
> Sent: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 2:09 PM
> To: Pacific Bulb Society
> Subject: [pbs] 3 Yellow Lyroris
>
> Dear Jim McK and all,
>
> 	The Yellow flowering Lycoris tend to be very mixed up in commerce. I think this is because less than fully knowledgeable growers and gardeners tend to call every yellow Lycoris  "L. aurea" as it is an 'obvious' name.
>
>
> Here's a clue to the more common yellow Lycoris
>
> 	L. chinensis	Leaves produced in Spring. Plants are fully hardy to Zone 5 maybe colder. Stamens barely exceed petals. Easy and increasingly common.
>
> 	L. aurea. Leaves produced in fall, but the largest by far of all Lycoris species to 3 ft long and 1 inch wide. Very succulent and totally frost sensitive. May succeed in Zone 7/8 with protection Stamens far exceed petals.
>
> 	L. traubii As for L. aurea, but much small in all parts and equally frost sensitive. Leaves and flowers produced a month or more later than those of L. aurea.
>
> 	These characters should define each of these 3 yellow species.
>
> 	L aurea is best grown in very mild, frost-free climates, but is not easy. L. traubii is less common than either of the other two.
>
> 	Other yellow species are L. caldwellii, L. longituba var. flava, L. anhuiensis and L. straminea only vaguely-kind of straw/tan/pale yellow.
>
> 	Hope this helps.		Jim W.
>   
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