Leucojum JCA 630.480

janemcgary@earthlink.net janemcgary@earthlink.net
Thu, 18 Mar 2004 19:26:49 PST
Rodger Whitlock asked about a Leucojum flowering now and pure white.

It may be L. tingitanum, which is just finishing up in my bulb frame in Oregon, or possibly L. longifolium.

Jane McGary
Northwestern Oregon, USA, but writing at the moment from California

-----Original Message-----
From: Rodger Whitlock <totototo@pacificcoast.net>
Sent: Mar 18, 2004 2:52 PM
To: pbs@lists.ibiblio.org
Subject: [pbs] Leucojum JCA 630.480

After many years, a pot of an unidentified Leucojum is flowering. It 
is 10" tall as I grow it, intermediate in height between the usual 
ruck of dwarf species and the tall L. aestivum; about twice as tall 
as L. vernum.

Flowers are pure white w.o. markings, three on each scape. Leaves
difffer from those of L. aestivum in that they are prominently
creased, not nearly strap-like, and slightly grayer, not green. No 
discernible scent.

Does anyone know the correct name of this species?

The seeds were collected by the Archibalds, probably around 1990,
and distributed under their number 630.480. Unfortunately, I no
longer have my Archibald seedlists, so I do not know the date and 
site of the collection.

From a horticultural point of view, it's a charming plant, flowering
after L. vernum and somewhat in advance of L. aestivum. The plant's
proportions are fairly attractive, unlike some of the other
leucojums. (L. longifolium, for example, has flowers that are far
too small in proportion to the height of the scape, and a similar
criticism can be levelled at L. aestivum.)

This leucojum species would seem to be fairly hardy; it's lived for
years in an unheated coldframe with little protection against cold.

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Maritime Zone 8, a cool Mediterranean climate

on beautiful Vancouver Island
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