Hardy Glads - more

James Waddick jwaddick@kc.rr.com
Tue, 22 Jun 2004 06:22:43 PDT
Dear Jane;
	I have not tried G. palustris, but wonder if it needs added 
moisture, from its 'swampy' name.

	Your G. 'dubius' sounds rather interesting . Will it appear 
on your summer bulb list?

	Seems to be pretty unanimous about the confusion over species 
names. The European Garden Flora  (Vol 1) distinguishes italicus, 
imbricatus, and communis (with ssp byzantinus) over ratio of anther 
to filament and if flowers are in one row or two. They also list G. 
illyricus, another mixed up species to me. I wonder if these are 
distinct in hort/commerce or is it just me?

	All are listed as pink flowers with some minor variation to 
red-purple. No white forms listed. EGF says the most commonly 
cultivated European glad (communis) is sterile with only 90 instead 
of 120 chromosomes.
	G. atroviolacea is the only distinctly different/darker 
colored flower given for a potentially hardy glad. Haven't tried it 
yet. Jane?

	Best 	Jim W.
Dr. James W. Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
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