About Pacific BX 12

Dell Sherk dells@voicenet.com
Tue, 22 Oct 2002 06:50:18 PDT
Mary Sue, whose seed donations are offered in BX 12 sends this information
about those seeds:

Allium jajlae--Tight umbel, purple flower, blooms summer

Calochortus uniflorus--I collected seed from one of my plants that has
small dark purple spots on the pale blue flowers. One of our local
populations has nice markings and I collected seed from them a number of
years ago and got some interesting variation. I would hope that seedlings
would also have the spots.

Delphiniums--Alberto is going to scold me, but I am giving seed of some of
my native California Delphiniums. They are a quasi geophyte as most of them
have a woody rootstock, but they can be treated like geophytes and kept
moderately dry in summer when they are dormant. I know Marguerite wanted
some seed so have sent some to Dell. I try to keep my species separated,
but can't promise they are pure.

Delphinium hesperium--purple, seed collected in Marin county

Delphinium nudicaule--red, one of the delightful spring wildflowers where I
live, found on rock crevices on steep mossy banks, often shaded

Delphinium luteum--yellow, short, extremely rare, found in only a few
locations from coastal bluffs near Bodega Bay, California. These are
descendents from California Horticultural Society seed

Gelasine elongata--Alberto told us about this one recently

Lachenalia pustulata--South African

Lachenalia unicolor--These were grown from misnamed seed, but I am
reasonably sure this is correct. There was a nice variation in the color of
the flowers, blooming in April and May, South African

Lilium maritimum--This is wild collected seed from our local populations.
This lily has small tubular red flowers and is considered rare. It is found
in wet places, and blooms better in wet years and is found close to the

Romulea tetragona--violet rose with interesting markings, South African irid

Sparaxis metelerkampiae--This is one of the prettier species of what was
once Synnotia, South African irid

Tritonia deusta--South African irid

Tritonia securigera--South African irid

Tulipa clusiana--I was able to get bulbs of the real thing when I visited
Lauw in France a few years ago. Before that I had ordered bulbs and never
got the real species. It is really lovely and supposed to be one of the
Tulips you can naturalize in Southern California.

Zigadenus fremontii--This is another plant that grows in the wild close to
where I live in coastal northern California. This one is tall with white
flowers and is supposed to be poisonous so the critters aren't supposed to
eat it.

Thank you, Mary Sue!

--Dell Sherk, Director, Pacific BX

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