Not TOW - Gymnospermium

John Lonsdale
Thu, 20 Feb 2003 08:53:18 PST

It will just be a single tuber - don't disturb it if it is happy !  It will
continue enlarging and throwing more stems.  I was amazed how big a
Bongardia was that I lifted last year whilst renovating a sand bed.

They are all hardy here in the ground.

Dr John T Lonsdale
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----- Original Message -----
From: "James Waddick" <>
To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <>
Sent: Thursday, February 20, 2003 9:21 AM
Subject: Re: [pbs] Not TOW - Gymnospermium

> Dear al;
> Thanks for the responses about this curiosity. It is either
> more widely grown than I had thought or just is odd enough to bring
> about responses. Arnol, nice picture, but other readers should be
> reminded that each flower is only about 1/2 inch across.
> Arnold and I seem to be the only ones who grow this in the
> ground. It is VERY HARDY even now in its tender seeming stage of
> growth it experiences temps down to the mid 20s every night.
> I have only had seed produced one year and no obvious
> seedlings. My single tuber is producing 4 stems this year. Since I
> haven't dug it I assumed it was multiplying underground, but most say
> the tuber does not divide. Does the tuber produce multiple stems?
> Mine has been outdoors in the ground for at least 5 years. Maybe this
> summer I'll dig it up and see what's going on down there.
> Incidentally the genus and relatives are covered somewhat
> briefly in the new book on Epimedium (same Family) by Timber Press.
> If any of these other species ever produce spare seed, I
> enjoy surprises!!
> Best and thanks for all the comments Jim W.
> --
> Dr. James W. Waddick
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