Finally, perhaps, on arums

John Grimshaw
Tue, 10 Apr 2007 23:39:26 PDT
Graham Rice's perhaps in the header was, perhaps, wise...

I have been interested to find that a clone of arum italicum is under 
circulation as Grimshaw's Form, and to clarify its story have corresponded 
with Ellen Hornig of Seneca Hills Perennials who has been selling it…. It seems that I 
sent it to her as 'dwarf form', which it isn't for her, although I think the 
original clump is relatively short in stature. Anyway, it has done well with 
her, increased in stature and she rates it better than 'White Winter'.

The appellation Grimshaw's Form was never intended to be a cultivar name, 
and would be illegitimate in that format, as the word form may not appear in 
a cultivar name. Such temporary names are always dangerous, as they have a 
habit of sticking, and when some nomenclatural pedant comes along and says 
it is an illegit name everybody is displeased. My view is that if a plant is 
worth selling it is worth naming - both aspects needing long hard thought. I 
have therefore agreed with Ellen that it should be named 'Belldene', the 
name of my parents' house where the original grows, so please adjust labels 

John Grimshaw

Dr John M. Grimshaw
Sycamore Cottage
Nr Cheltenham
Gloucestershire GL53 9NP

Tel. 01242 870567

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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Graham Rice" <>
To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <>
Sent: Monday, April 09, 2007 8:14 PM
Subject: [pbs] Finally, perhaps, on arums

> I've just been out to look at the foliage of the various forms of A.
> italicum to see how they've stood up to the rigours of the winter and
> "spring" - so far, the one in the best condition is: Grimshaw's form!
> Graham Rice
> Milford, PA
> -- 

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