Pacific BX 17

Dell Sherk
Mon, 25 Nov 2002 04:07:17 PST
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Pacific BX 17:


From Mary Sue Ittner <>:

1. Allium crispum--This is a really pretty Allium from California that I
grew  best for me one year when we had a very cold winter. Last year I
prechilled it with the tulips and it bloomed nicely and a long time. Maybe
would do better with stratification?

2. Allium hyalinum--Another California native with white small glassy
flowers. They sparkle.

3. Allium unifolium--I know this is common, but this seed was wild collected
in Gualala in very wet areas that have not been developed close to the
ocean at low elevations. It is supposed to be one of the easiest California
Alliums to grow.

4. Arthropodium strictum--(syn. Dichopogon strictus).An Australian grasslike
plant called chocolate lily with an interesting root structure. It isn't
dormant very long in my Mediterranean climate

5. Brodiaea californica--The tallest Brodiaea that blooms here in summer

6. Brodiaea elegans--This is one of my favorite Brodiaeas as it is a lovely
shiny purple

7. Dichelostemma multiflorum-Another California geophyte, I think this is a
nice garden plant for a dry summer garden

8. Herbertia lahue--This must be the Chilean one, not the Texas one, since
it grows in winter and is dormant in summer.

9. Hesperantha latifolia--This is one of my favorite Hesperanthas. It is
from Namaqualand, has small pink flowers that are open during the day

10. Iris douglasiana--This is also from local wild collected seed. Ours are

11. Pasithea caerulea--There are only a few seed of this blue flowered
geophyte (another unusual underground storage organ) from Chile. Jane
mentioned it in her report. I have seen it in the ground at the University
of California Berkeley's garden. I think it might need year round water as
some I planted out where they didn't get summer water did not come back.

12. Romulea diversiformis--Yellow Romulea from South Africa

13. Sparaxis grandiflora violacea--purple Sparaxis

14. Triteleia hyacinthina--California native, white flowers, long bloom in

 From Jana Ulmer:

15 Alstroemeria hookeri-- This is a low growing one, very pretty pink

16. Cyanella hyacinthoides

From Ann Marie Rametta:

17. Amaryllis belladonna, hot pink
18. Amaryllis belladonna, raspberry  "These two are very different from the
normal pink.  This is the first year I'm growing them from seed. I placed
them in a sandy soil mixture in a tray burying seeds just below the surface
then covering with sand, keeping soil moist, in partial shade/sun.  I have
several other colors but didn't get very much seed off of them.  These two
colors are the more prolific growers. "

Thank you, Mary Sue, Jana, and Ann Marie !!

Best wishes,

--Dell Sherk, Director, Pacific BX

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