Jane McGary janemcgary@earthlink.net
Wed, 15 Dec 2004 09:41:09 PST
Thanks to Jerry, John L., and John. G. for the excellent information on 
'Gertrude Wister', which I've forwarded to the original inquirer.

If I could grow L. vernum effectively, I'd be campaigning for a bulb of 
this interesting plant. However, both L. vernum and L. aestivum fail to 
flourish here and rarely bloom, probably because the soil (acidic, 
fast-drying) is wrong for them. In contrast, L. autumnale and the 
purportedly tender L. nicaeense do well in the open rock garden, though I 
don't depend on their surviving there indefinitely, once they encounter 
winter temperatures more severe than average. The larger species, which 
come from wet meadows, grow well at lower elevations near my home, where 
the soil tends to be dense and silty rather than the rocky subalpine forest 
stuff I have here; this suggests to me that it's the drainage, not the 
acidity, that is inhospitable to these plants.

Jane McGary
Northwestern Oregon, USA

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