Jane McGary
Thu, 30 Oct 2003 16:25:06 PST
Mark Smyth asked me about colchicums,

>I though it was you but couldnt remember. Where did you get yours? I'm
>trying to build a collection of the small ones to put into troughs.

I bought a few of the small species from nurseries such as Potterton's and 
Monocot in ENgland, and from Antoine Hoog in the Netherlands. I think Paul 
Christian has them sometimes, too. Many of them, however, I grew from seed, 
either from exchanges or purchased from Jim and Jenny Archibald. It takes 
the smaller species about 3 to 4 years to flower from seed, and germination 
can be delayed and erratic.

I hope to write an article in the Rock Garden Quarterly about trough-sized 
colchicums, but I cannot get current information on the nomenclature, which 
as I understand it is very much in flux at present.

Jane McGary
Northwestern Oregon

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