Mark BROWN brown.mark@wanadoo.fr
Mon, 17 Feb 2014 00:03:42 PST
Dear Jane,
I have one plant of Leontice leontopetalum which for the first two years showed no signs of growth in spite of the tuber being sound.
It was planted in a deep pot with a fairly ordinary potting soil above a layer of beech leafmould.
When after two years it finally put out a leaf I planted it out in the garden amongst various ferns in full sun here.
I have seen it as a roadside and cornfield wildlower in nothern Turkey.
It was growing in fairly heavy rich soils that would not be too dry in summer.
The winters in that region are about the same as here, fairly mild but with occasional hard winters with -10°C; very exceptionally even lower here.
In the garden it has ordinary garden soil enriched with some leafmould and was planted with general purpose organic fertiliser as everything is here. It is growing well. But no flowers as yet. When we first saw it we thought it was a kind of brassica from afar.
But as soon as we got close we could see what it was. A very fine plant that really should be more widely grown.
My bongardia from Kurt Vickery are about to flower here. They are in pots waiting for their place to be finished.
I am making a dry/desert garden in all this flooding Normandy!
I am on a south facing slope right next to the sea so do get away with growing a lot of half-hardy plants.
Galanthus peshmenii, GG. fosteri and cilicicus are fine outside here.
I must get some seed of Leontice next time to have more of the great plant.
Thanks for letting me know he has some.
I have had some great aroids from Kurt too!
This mild winter is perfect for them.
Kind regards,

" Message du 16/02/14 23:47
> De : "Jane McGary" 
> A : "Pacific Bulb Society" 
> Copie à : 
> Objet : [pbs] Leontice
> Some bulb enthusiasts extend their interest to tuberous members of 
> the Berberidaceae, most commonly Gymnospermium, two species of which 
> are in flower today in my bulb house. Another genus in that family 
> that has always intrigued me is Leontice...
> Would anyone who has experience cultivating Leontice please tell us 
> something about how you have done it?
> Jane McGary
> Portland, Oregon, USA"
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