Erythronium americanum BX 364

Barbara McMullen
Tue, 01 Jul 2014 15:43:07 PDT

Your photos look great.  If you are ever able to share or sell bulbs, I 
would love some.  I have turned my backyard into a mini-forest and have been 
trying to buy these for years.  When I walk on the Rail Trail on the Niagara 
Escarpment, I see them growing very well, with lots of blossoms.  I'm 
guessing that they like the limestone.  Frustratingly, there is no one 
around here that I know of who sells them.

Barbara McMullen
Hamilton, Ontario

-----Original Message----- 
From: Roy Herold via pbs
Sent: Tuesday, July 01, 2014 10:57 AM
To: Pacific Bulb Society
Subject: [pbs] Erythronium americanum BX 364


I've been meaning to post an update to the status of the huge population
of Erythronium americanum that I found this spring.

Browse through my album of pictures on Flickr to see what they looked like:…

These are growing alongside the Aberjona River in Woburn MA, near a
rather dull industrial area (note the abandoned tractor trailer). There
are tens of thousands of individual plants, although the number of
distinct clones is probably small due to their stoloniferous nature.

I found one area that was threatened by a dirt bike track and thought it
was worth saving a few plants. Towards the end of the album are some
bulbs I dug in early May that show how deeply they grow, and the stolons
forming on the non-blooming ones that were closer to the surface.

The bulbs for the BX were dug after the foliage had gone dormant. I was
amazed to find a dense tangle of spaghetti-like stolons, each of which
had a little bulb forming at the tip. I threw them in a plastic bag and
brought them home, where they sat for a few weeks. When I unwrapped
them, the spaghetti strands had dried up and the little bulbs had
tripled in size. Most curious.


NW of Boston
90F today

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