Early-flowering Fritillaria species and their hardiness

VIJAY CHANDHOK vc2m@mac.com
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 17:42:45 PDT
Winter Aconites started blooming in Pittsburgh two days ago.
Vijay
On Mar 10, 2014, at 8:22 PM, Jim McKenney wrote:

> Frits are just waking up here in Maryland. Last week there was snow and single digit F temperatures. Today the first frits are appearing above ground - F. stenanthera, F. biflora and F. pluriflora. Temperatures in the 60 degree F range are predicted today and tomorrow. To put things in context, tommies and Crocus korolkowii and winter aconites are blooming, too. 
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> On Monday, March 10, 2014 11:27 AM, Makiko Goto-Widerman <makikogotowiderman@me.com> wrote:
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> Jane,
> Thank you.  I always appreciate your precise botanical knowledge.
> Makiko
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> On Mar 9, 2014, at 12:36 PM, Jane McGary wrote:
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>> Makiko asked,
>>> Hi Jane,
>>> Long time before I saw a sign of  Fritillaria Festival in 
>>> Jacksonville, OR. It was earlier season to see the flower.
>>> I heard that the particular wild Fritillaria blooms only in Jacksonville area.
>>> Do you know what kind of Fritillaria?
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>> It is Fritillaria gentneri, a natural hybrid between Fritillaria 
>> recurva and Fritillaria affinis. (Perhaps it should be called F. x 
>> gentneri?) It can be seen not only in Jacksonville but also in other 
>> places in that part of southern Oregon. The populations show quite a 
>> bit of variation, ranging from flowers that look just like F. recurva 
>> to those that are much darker and larger and not recurved, showing 
>> more influence of F. affinis. It is a listed species and therefore 
>> cannot be sold in Oregon, which is too bad because it would be 
>> extremely easy to propagate selected clones from the hundreds of 
>> "rice grain" bulblets that mature bulbs produce. The main threat to 
>> the existence of the wild plants is deer, which have been excluded 
>> from some Fritillaria populations.
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>> Jane McGary
>> Portland, Oregon, USA
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