diana chapman
Thu, 19 Jun 2003 07:22:26 PDT
Dear Mary Sue:

The B. kinkiensis is in bloom now, and has reached a height of about 15cm in
the pots.  I also grow B. filifolia, and I am at a loss to understand why
they are described as similar.  B. filifolia is not a prolific bloomer for
me, and the flowers are fairly small (although the plant is not short),
while B. kinkiensis is covered with flowers.

I grow B. minor, and have found it easy.  It naturally grows on flat areas
in regions where there are vernal pools, and usually grows near the edges of
the pools, although not in the water itself.  It would seem from its natural
habitat that it prefers to be quite wet while in growth, although these
regions are totally dry and very hot in summer.  The soil it grows in is
gravelly clay, so even in the drier winters that the region sometimes
experiences it would still be in very wet clay.  It is an extremely
attractive plant with its small stature, bright lilac blue flowers and
prominent staminodes.  The flowers are a bit smaller than B. terrestris.
Neither of these species seem to achieve taller stature in cultivation, but
keep their dwarf habit.  I found a pure white B. minor in the pot this
spring - what a treat!  I have never seen a white one in the wild.

I don't grow B. coronaria ssp. rosea, but I have a friend who does and he
says it is not very vigorous.  I went to the "Indian Valley" where it is
supposed to grow twice (there must be hundreds of "Indian Valleys" in
California!) , and never did find it, but my timing may have been off.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Mary Sue Ittner" <>
To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <>
Sent: Wednesday, June 18, 2003 9:19 PM
Subject: [pbs] Brodiaea--TOW

> Dear All,
> Here is the information on the species I don't grow. It sounds like Diana
> grows two of them. Does anyone else grow any of these? I am wondering how
> many if any are in cultivation.
> Brodiaea appendiculata--Commonly known as Hoover's brodiaea, this plant
> which is endemic to California, is found in valley grasslands, open
> woodlands, gravelly clay soil from the San Francisco Bay Region to the
> Sierra Nevada foothills. Blooming from April-May with violet purple
> this species is very similar to Brodiaea californica with flowers curving
> upward and with linear white wavy staminodes longer than the functional
> stamens, but is differentiated by having forked linear appendages on the
> back of each anther. Only one other species has appendages (B. stellaris)
> and it is a much shorter plant.
> I am including this subspecies since it is rare and am wondering if anyone
> grows it:
> Brodiaea coronaria ssp. rosea--This subspecies, known as Indian Valley
> brodiaea, is endangered and is shorter than the other subspecies with
> smaller rose to pink flowers, often with pink staminodes, and is found in
> the serpentine grasslands in three counties of the North Coast ranges
> (Tehama, Lake, and Glenn.)
> Brodiaea insignis--Commonly known as the Kaweah brodiaea, this species is
> endemic to California and known from approximately twenty populations in
> the watersheds of the Tule and Kaweah Rivers in Tulare county occurring in
> clay soil on granitic substrate in valley grassland and foothill woodland.
> It has rose to pink-purple flowers, spreading petals. It is distinguished
> by white staminodes that are held close to the stamens and are strongly
> inrolled.
> Brodiaea kinkiensis--Commonly known as San Clement Island brodiaea this
> species is endemic to California and found in clay soil in valley
> in Los Angeles County and the Channel Islands. It is extremely rare. The
> flowers are purple or violet with a narrow bell-shaped tube and spreading
> lobes. The inner tepals are round, the staminodes erect with a pointed tip
> and held away from the stamens. This is the one Diana grows and says the
> staminodes are also purple. My books say it is very short, growing to 1
> (2.5 cm.). How big does it get in cultivation Diana?
> Brodiaea minor--Commonly known as low brodiaea or dwarf brodiaea, this
> species, endemic to California, is found in clay gravelly soil in
> grasslands and foothill woodlands in the hot foothills of the Sacramento
> Valley. Flowers are pale bluish to lilac with narrow petals and the tube
> pinched in just below the petals. The staminodes are erect, white, held
> close to the stamens, inrolled with a notched tip. Another short species,
> this one blooms from March to April. This is the one that I have not been
> successful with but Diana grows.
> Brodiaea orcuttii--Commonly known as Orcutt's brodiaea, this very rare
> species is found in clay soil on serpentine substrate under
> vernally-flooded conditions in meadow and vernal-pool habitats in
> and San Diego counties to Baja California. The red-purple to blue flowers
> with widely spreading lobes are similar to B. filifolia but have no
> staminodes. This plant blooms April-July.
> Mary Sue
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