Fritillaria biflora "grayana"

Jane McGary
Mon, 09 May 2005 09:26:18 PDT
Mark directed us to some pictures on his website and asked:At 10:54 PM 
5/8/2005 -0400, you wrote:
>Jane McGary mentioned about the possibility of hybridization occurring with
>seedling bulbs of Frit. biflora "grayana" that she sent out.  Here are 
>links to
>photos of the plants that flowered for me the first time this year,
>originally from Jane's autumn bulb list.  There are 12 plants, but this is 
>the first
>year a few bloomed, 4 of them, reached 5-6" in height, with chubby greenish,
>brownish-red checkered bells, particularly reddish-brown at the flower apex.
>Inside, the flowers are intense green-yellow, with bold black nectary spots.
>Jane, how do these compare to the "grayana" entity that you know of?
>Regardless, I'm tickled pink to have them bloom, and bloom over a long 
>period they
>do!  Here are three links to photos I took of the plants over the weekend:

ANSWER: Mark, either I or you mixed up the bulbs and labels. Your photos 
are not of F. biflora or indeed of any California fritillaria at all, but 
appear to be something in the Fritillaria thessala line. Sorry, if it was 
my mistake!

Jane McGary
Northwestern Oregon

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