Camassia (was On trilliums and more)

Mon, 05 Jun 2006 15:28:12 PDT
I am surprised at Jane's comments about the double white form of leichtlinii closing at night. I find this much more showy than the single. With a torch I have just counted 18 flowers fully out now (11.00pm, 14C) on 1 spike. I find position very important in my garden. In full sun the single form flowers get burnt off after a few hours full sun, in light shade they may last for 2 or 3 days, so that many more flowers are out at any one time. The double form lasts longer. I get lots of seed from the white form, but none from the blue, even though I have bought 3 forms over the years. The Garden House in Devon has a wide colour range naturalised in the wilder areas, so presumably they get blue form seed.
  The sterile form Electra is very showy, with flowers of a good clear blue, at least 50% larger than the normal forms, on a larger taller plant. This has limited availability here for 6-7GBP, but seems a bit expensive on a US daffodil website at $35. It flowers between the blue and white forms for me.
  Brian Whyer, Buckinghamshire, England, zone ~8

Jane McGary <> wrote:
  Some people, including garden writers, regard this plant as ugly. It is a 
large form, up to a meter tall, with semidouble greenish cream flowers. I 
think to look good, it has to form a large colony, as mine now have. One 
problem is that the flowers close up at night and in dim weather, so they 
don't appear at their best except on sunny days.

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