Calochortus pictures on the wiki

Andrew Wilson
Tue, 22 Jul 2003 17:07:59 PDT
Dear Mary Sue,

Thanks for forwarding the message on your recent success with
Calochortus weedii ssp. weedii. I am sure you feel pleased, and with
good reason - the Jepson Manual rates it as "DFCLT", which requires no
further explanation.  Since it occurs right here I thought I might make
a few comments. The photos that you (or rather Bob) took are excellent.
It seems that the form you have differs from what grows in this area. In
particular, the reddish coloration of the petal edges is absent in the
local form of species which instead, bears black to very dark brown
markings. It is easier to view a shot than make an accurate description
so, when shortly I'll send a file so you can see the differences. I am
curious to know from which region the Telos bulbs originated. 

Locally the plants generally bloom in June and, with Clorogalums, are
about the last of bulbs to show up. They rise to about three feet and
generally are found appearing above bushes of the black sage (Salvia
mellifera) or rising high above the native grasses (Nasella spp.) This
year was the first one in several for much bloom to appear so it was a
treat to see them last month. In very dry years they either do not show
at all or the stems are eaten when they emerge. 

San Diego   

-----Original Message-----
From: Mary Sue Ittner [] 
Sent: Tuesday, July 22, 2003 7:20 AM
To: Pacific Bulb Society
Cc:; Dr. Andrew Wilson
Subject: Calochortus pictures on the wiki

Dear All,

In the fall of 2000 Diana Chapman included a mystery bulb of Calochortus

weedii var. weedii in my order (I spent hours looking at the catalog 
looking for the typo. so I could get the free bulb). It is a southern 
California species that comes from Riverside and San Diego counties
are much much drier than where I live. This bulb didn't bloom in 2001 or

2002, but didn't rot either. Last year I didn't get around to repotting
and this year it came up and never looked like it was going to do much,
stayed green and last week I noticed it was actually going to bloom.
had Calochortus abort so I tried not to get too excited. I grow it in my

area that I shelter somewhat from the rain (covered but open so the wind

does blow the rain in) and it has been the only thing left there that is

not dormant so every now and then I'd give it a drink. Today it opened. 
Although there can be six flowers (and Will Ashburner reported 10 one
long ago on the IBS forum causing some amazement), this one only had one

flower. So I suspect it won't be in bloom long. It is very beautiful 
however and my husband has managed some amazing pictures of it. Thank
Diana. Bulbs of North America says this one is difficult and short-lived
cultivation. So fingers are crossed that this is not just a one year
The ones I have grown from seed from my friend Bob Werra I have had very

little success with after the initial germination which has been good.
now I am determined to try harder. He says he starts his inside under 
lights and doesn't move them outside until April. I started my
seed this year in late February and didn't lose as many as I have when I

have started them in the fall.

As long as I was putting those pictures on the Wiki I got around to
the pictures of Calochortus argillosus which Bob photographed earlier
it was blooming in June and hadn't found time to add. It is a very
one and one of the species which multiplies by bulblets. See them both
the Calochortus wiki page.…

And I finally got around to adding another Moraea picture. This one
in late May. It is one of the ones formerly known as Gynandriris and
one is a Mediterranean one that my friend Jana shared with me that she
from Fausto, Moraea sisyrinchium. Another one I grow (from seed) blooms 
much earlier in the year. Jana's note said it was from Marettimino (?) 
Island. Could that be spelled right? In John Bryan's Bulbs he says this 
species is not very showy and grown mostly for botanical interest, but I

thought it quite handsome each day a new flower opened. And the other
one I 
grow can be nice too depending on the weather when it is in bloom. If we

are having a dry period with sunshine it is much happier than if it is 
blooming when it rains every day. So this later blooming one may turn
to work out much better for me. Since these flowers open later in the
if it is cold and wet I miss them.…

Mary Sue
Mary Sue Ittner
California's North Coast
Wet mild winters with occasional frost
Dry mild summers

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