Trillium chloropetalum 'Volcano' update

Judy Glattstein
Wed, 30 Apr 2003 03:54:00 PDT
Thanks to all of you for your information. I did call Sunny Borders Nursery,
and got a call back yesterday. Steve told that they only offered these for
sale one year, and were unable to obtain them again. Interesting, as I think
of tissue culture, once the technique for a specific plant is developed, as
being a reproducible method. (I know, bad pun.)

Trillium are, I believe, often infested with a fungus. Not obligatory, as
with orchids, just something that is there. And under tissue culture, fungus
would over-run the meristem tissue being cultured. Perhaps this has
something to do with it - one time the tissue culture lab got lucky.

And on another North American native - Mertensia viriginica is flowering
beautifully. No idea why this is not more popular, since it is such a great
shade tolerant plant, especially for damp to moist sites. Pinkish mauve
buds, clear blue flowers. Over the years I've found two individuals with
pink flowers. One is a clear pink, the other a somewhat "cool" pink with a
hint of blue. The latter is more vigorous but the clear pink grows well.
I've seen a white form in another garden, several years ago. And that was a
weak, struggling plant.

Judy in New Jersey where spring has settled in to stay

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