Pacific BX 33

Dell Sherk
Fri, 18 Jul 2003 09:29:44 PDT
Dear All,

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From Bill Welch:

1. Seed of Narcissus tazetta  ³Autumn Colors² strain:

Being seed grown, there is tremendous variation among them in many respects,
such as: Time of bloom (September-March), a few will even flower within 2-3
weeks of first irrigation in the autumn! Color--ranges from white through
dark yellow, to in some cases approaching orange, in the perianth.  Cups are
of yellow to orange-red, in some cases quite intense. Number of florets--in
clusters of 8-15, on up to occasionally 25-30 Size of bloom --1² up to 1
3/4-2² diameter. Height--varies from full size down to approaching
miniatures. Shape--sometimes frilled along the cup edges, in some cases
heavily so. Fragrance--the diversity of fragrances among these is
remarkable, due in large part to the diversity of scent among the otherwise
often similar-looking bicolored wild forms of the coastal Mediterranean,
which are a part of their ancestry. Seeds--often in great abundance. The
ancestry of these includes: numerous wild forms from various Mediterranean
locations including September-flowering wild Israeli and Greek tazettas with
exceptional and unique scents, unidentified old garden forms, rogues in
commercial stocks from France and Israel, Autumn Sol, Newton, French Sol, N.
tazetta aureus, Gloriosus,  Grand National (R.E.Harrison, N.Z.), N. tazetta
Odoratus, ³MacKenzie tazetta² (Isles of Scilly), Golden Rain (Double French
Sol), true Soleil d¹Or, pollens and seeds in the past from Rosewarne
E.H.S.., etc.

They are more diverse now than this old photo, but this link is all I have
at the moment:…

From Cathy Craig:

2. Large corms of Watsonia 'Snow Queen', solid white
3. Corms of Chasmanthe aethiopica

From Mary Sue Ittner:


4. Oxalis brasilensis--winter growing for me, spring flowering

5. Oxalis glabra--tiny bulbs produce a lot of pink flowers in the fall and
increase dramatically in number

6. Oxalis incarnata?--pinky white flowers for hanging baskets, shade. Winter
growing and long blooming for me. It was a mystery plant, now on Oxalis
wiki page. Claude Sweet keeps this growing and flowering in the summer.

7. Oxalis massoniana--pinkish orange flowers in the fall, winter growing,

8. Oxalis obtusas from Michael Vassar's collection via. Mike Mace a number
of years ago, winter growing and blooming. After the numbers was a
designation my PC couldn't translate from his MAC. Could have been inches.
For example, on the next one could be 1 inch pale?

9.Oxalis obtusa MV4719D    S of Laingsburg.  1? pale coppery pink, creamy
center, dark veins, dark ctr ring.

10.Oxalis obtusa MV5005A    10km n of Matjiesfontein.  Red-orange.

11. Oxalis obtusa MV5516 7.5km s of Nieuwodtville. 1.25? lt yell flrs, 4
above lvs.

12. Oxalis obtusa MV6341    Nieuwoudtville.  1.5? bright yellow. Tight,

13. Oxalis obtusa MV7087    2? pink flrs w/ large yellow ctr.  No other
data. (Mine looked more peachy than pink)

14. Oxalis obtusa pink, different forms, but I tried to keep them together

15. Oxalis polyphylla v. heptaphylla MV6396 Vanrhynsdorp. Succulent
thread-like leaves. Winter growing.

16. Oxalis purpurea 'Ken Aslet'--gray soft leaves you want to touch, but it
has never bloomed for me, yellow flowers. Picture on the wiki. Winter

Thank you, Bill, Cathy, and Mary Sue !!

Best wishes,

--Dell Sherk, Director, Pacific BX

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