Brodiaea, Calochortus, and Triteleia

Sun, 10 Nov 2002 18:58:37 PST
To Mary Sue -

Yes, Jim found that with Allium, Brodiaea, Dichelostemma, Triteleia,
Calochortus, and "wet-growing" Lilium, he had much better luck using seeds
from the middle-altitude Sierra foothills in the north and from the North
Coast Ranges, and from the mid-to-higher altitude Sierra foothills in the
south. He had more difficulty with the Erythronium, Fritillaria, Trillium,
and the "dry-growing" Lilium, and, with a few exceptions, with species from
the South Coast Ranges, unable to produced what could be called commercial
quantities, regardless of exactly where and at what altitude the seeds had
been collected. I don't think he ever hit upon exactly what the differences
were; he just accepted the results, and happily enjoyed what grew well for

Your note on T. laxa is quite nice, but I am not sure that this species
grows into Oregon, at least not in any appreciable populations. I don't
think Jim and I ever found it "across the border to the north." T. bridgesii
does grow in Oregon, of course, together with a few other Triteleia species.

All my best --------------- Georgie

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