Colchicum for the south, was Blue bulbs in bloom mid February

Peter Franks
Wed, 12 Feb 2014 21:51:00 PST
Hi all

I can't vouch for the veracity for this statement but I'll quote it anyway.
It comes from Richmond E Harrison's "Handbook of Bulbs and Perennials for
the Southern Hemisphere" [3rd rev. ed., 1971, page 69] "C. autumnale and its
various forms will naturalise readily in light pasture where the flowers are
most picturesque. In parts of Samoa, it can be seen growing wild by the
thousands in open areas, which serves to show that this species at least is
quite at home in a warm climate"

Peter in Sydney where rain is promised but I won't hold my breath

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Sent: Thursday, 13 February 2014 3:44 PM
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Subject: Re: [pbs] Colchicum for the south,was Blue bulbs in bloom mid

Several accessions of Colchicum autumnale from Spain has been growing in
the UC Botanical Garden in Berkeley collection for about 25 yrs. An
accession of C. lusitanicum from Portugal was planted in 2006 (I'm not sure
of its current status).


Paul Licht, Director
University of California Botanical Garden
200 Centennial Drive
Berkeley, CA 94720

On Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 7:52 PM, Russell Stafford

> Many colchicums should do well in coastal California; numerous
> species are native to the Mediterranean, including  (in addition to
> the ones Jane mentioned) C. bivonae, C. boissieri, C. parlatoris, C.
> macrophyllum, and on and on.
> The most satisfactory winter-/spring-blooming colchicum here has been
> C. szovitsii and its cultivars such as 'Tivi' and
> 'Vardaovit'.  Reliably perennial, with relatively large and
> substantial flowers that are usually effective for several weeks from
> March into April.
> Russell in Lancaster, Massachusetts -- zone 6a -- and bracing for yet
> another "significant winter storm"
> Russell Stafford
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