Not TOW - Gymnospermium

James Waddick
Wed, 19 Feb 2003 06:44:44 PST
Dear all;
	Perhaps spring really IS coming. The first deep red curved 
stems of Gymnospermium albertii are showing as they lift their heads 
out of the gravel. No sign of foliage yet, but this should appear 
	This is an odd tuberous and herbaceous member of the family 
Berberbidaceae mostly known for woody shrubs. This seems to be the 
most common species in cultivation, yet I can't really say much about 
it. There's another half dozen species, but only 1 or 2 are rarely 
ever available and usually too pricey for me.

	Does anyone else grow these and have good luck? My single 
bulb has slowly enlarged as seen by the four shoots coming up now. It 
never reaches the 10 inch height I've seen in the literature, but 
maybe 1/2 of that. The small yellow flowers are more curious than 

	Anyone even know a good source for tubers or seed.

	Its next 'closest' relative Bongardia has eluded me too. Info?

		Thanks		Jim W.
Dr. James W. Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
Ph.    816-746-1949
E-fax  419-781-8594

Zone 5 Record low -23F
	Summer 100F +

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