Colchicum etc

Jane McGary
Thu, 01 Aug 2002 09:45:11 PDT
John Lonsdale wrote,
>I struggle mightily (read - 'fail miserably') with Colchicum luteum.

This is the normal procedure as far as I can tell. I think people in
near-alpine areas have done all right with it. However, the late Margaret
Mason in Portland, Oregon, had a flourishing clump of it in a little
well-drained border right near her back door, though I don't know whether
it is still around, the house having been sold. She also grew Himalayan
lilies and unusual primulas well.

That is a very good idea about planting the colchicums under a redbud
(Cercis canadensis). I have a big C. canadensis 'Forest Pansy' (purple
foliage) and will put some under it this summer. If the purple leaves don't
turn green before the colchicums bloom, it should be very pretty (this
variety turns GREEN in fall).

Note to Jim Shields= don't throw your seed pots out so fast! A year is not
enough for many colchicums to germinate. I keep them 3 years. Same with

Jane McGary
NW Oregon

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