Five favorite yellow-flowered geophytes

J.E. Shields
Wed, 21 Jan 2004 10:02:11 PST
I don't know where Jim McKenney lives and gardens, but it's for sure warmer 
than here, if Hymenocallis 'Sulphur Queen' survives outdoors in the ground.

At 12:14 PM 1/21/2004 -0500, Jim McKenney wrote:
>Here are the five reliable sorts:
>1. Eranthis hyemalis; and I mean the western European forms, not the
>eastern forms sometimes called E. cilicica.
>2. Trillium luteum; the name is dubious, but a clump of this pale
>yellow-flowered sessile Trillium has been here for over thirty years.
>3. Hymenocallis Sulphur Queen; not really a garden plant here, although it
>has survived winters near a wall.
>4. Lilium hansonii; one of the few martagon types which does well in this
>area; this lily has an interesting history which might make a good basis
>for another thread.
>5. Sternbergia lutea in the familiar commercial form. Is this a clone? Does
>it ever set seed?
>Here's the wish list:
>1. Hymenocallis amancaes
>2. Paramongaia weberbaueri
>3. a truly hardy, vigorous yellow-flowered Lycoris
>4. a reliably hardy yellow-flowered Bletilla
>5. a yellow tiger lily (Lilium lancifolium aka L. tigrinum), if there has
>ever been such a thing

Lycoris chinensis is certainly yellow flowered, if a little light in 
color.  It is definitely hardy up here in Indiana.  It is really worth 
trying!  I should have added it to my own list of favorite yellows.

Jim Shields

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