Mary Sue Ittner
Wed, 07 Jun 2006 22:27:46 PDT
Although many of the dry climate Calochortus that I grow did not fare very 
well this year with our continual abundant rainfall, I've been having some 
really nice blooms of some of the others. Many of the ones I grow are 
probably really Mariposa hybrids grown from open pollinated seed. 
Calochortus flowers are so amazing that you just want to photograph them 
over and over. I can see that some species are very well represented on our 
wiki Calochortus page. And I just added a few more of Calochortus tolmiei 
that I took in the last week or so even though we already have some 
gorgeous pictures of this species.

On our flower trip this spring we saw Calochortus monophyllus in Butte 
county blooming along side the road. We stopped to photograph an Iris and 
this was a bonus. It was different than the one I flowered in cultivation 
(and may have lost) as it has red spots. It is wonderfully hairy. I've 
added pictures of it taken in the wild.

Finally blooming from seed for the first time for me this year is 
Calochortus syntrophus, a species discovered by Frank Callahan in 1993 in 
Shasta County. It is similar to C. superbus, but very different too and 
growing in that county in a different habitat. The Robinetts collected a 
few seeds to share with members of the Calochortus Society in a year where 
they were a lot of flowers and mine have bloomed. I was reading about it in 
an old issue of Mariposa and see that it grows in an area of high rainfall 
so that's probably why I haven't lost it. I had two bloom this year. The 
flower of one was about a quarter the size of the other. It will be 
interesting to see if it returns if this holds true in later years as the 
difference in size of the flowers was so dramatic. I've added pictures of 
it too (one of them was being pollinated at the time.)…

Mary Sue

Mary Sue Ittner
California's North Coast
Wet mild winters with occasional frost
Dry mild summers 

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