Ipheion sellowianum

Ellen Hornig hornig@usadatanet.net
Sat, 14 Apr 2007 09:21:39 PDT
Just to avoid any confusion here: the plants you got from us, Tony, came 
originally from Rodger Whitlock (thanks, Roger!)  I still grow a couple of 
pans for my own pleasure, and they manage to bloom even in the relatively 
dim light of the polyhouse.


Ellen Hornig
Seneca Hill Perennials
3712 County Route 57
Oswego NY 13126 USA
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Tony Avent" <tony@plantdelights.com>
To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Saturday, April 14, 2007 4:10 AM
Subject: Re: [pbs] Ipheion sellowianum

> Lee:
> I'd be very interesting to see photos of the two different plants.  My
> plant as N. dialystemon came from Telos and my N. sellowianum came from
> Seneca Hill.  I'd be very  interested to know if you find viable seed
> set.  Thanks.
> Tony Avent
> Plant Delights Nursery @
> Juniper Level Botanic Garden
> 9241 Sauls Road
> Raleigh, North Carolina  27603  USA
> Minimum Winter Temps 0-5 F
> Maximum Summer Temps 95-105F
> USDA Hardiness Zone 7b
> email tony@plantdelights.com
> website  http://www.plantdelights.com/
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> "I consider every plant hardy until I have killed it myself...at least 
> three times" - Avent
> Lee Poulsen wrote:
>> On Apr 13, 2007, at 12:01 PM, Tony Avent wrote:
>>> We're quite a bit hotter
>>> than you in summer and colder in winter, but Nothoscordum
>>> sellowianum is
>>> one of our favorite bulbs...  We tried
>>> crossing it with N. dialystemon both ways and got no seed set.
>>> I believe what is in the trade under these two names is all the
>>> same species.
>>> Tony Avent
>>> Plant Delights Nursery @
>> [Now that has got to be one of the funnest coincidences I've
>> experienced: I had just hit the reply button to Tony's email (above)
>> when the doorbell rang and there was FedEx with my plant order from
>> Tony! Talk about service...!]
>> [Okay, that was weird. While I typed the above sentence an email came
>> in from FedEx saying that they had delivered my package from Tony. It
>> was time-stamped at the time just after the driver drove away. I
>> didn't realize their little scanner/signature machines were linked
>> wirelessly all the way to generating an email, too. Neat world we
>> live in, at times.]
>> Anyway,
>> I used to think the two were the same species, and the flowers are
>> almost identical to me. But now that my pots have filled in
>> completely, the two look different. My N. dialystemon has leaves
>> that, while narrow, are twice as wide as those of my N. sellowianum.
>> They are also much flatter. The N. sellowianum leaves are almost
>> tubular. And looking at my pots full of leaves (flowering is over),
>> the sensation is kind of like looking at pots full of green
>> spaghettini noodles (N. sellowianum ) vs. pots full of green angel
>> hair pasta noodles (N. sellowianum). I can try to take a picture to
>> show the difference. My N. dialystemon came from Bill Dijk (as well
>> as from Mary Sue who I think got hers from Bill as well), while my N.
>> sellowianum came from Diana Chapman/Telos.
>> I think I've seen a few seed pods now and then in the past, although
>> rarely. I'll make an effort to check from now on.
>> --Lee Poulsen
>> Pasadena, California, USA, USDA Zone 10a
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