Pacific BX 188

Dell Sherk
Mon, 20 Oct 2008 12:03:01 PDT
Dear All,

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Dell Sherk
6832 Phillips Mill Rd.
New Hope, PA, 18938 


From Jim Waddick:

1. Plants of Euphorbia decaryi 'Nova' A tropical succulent. This Madagascar
native only grows a few inches tall with a crown of wrinkled succulent
It makes fairly large white underground storage roots. Jim McKinney calls it
"a very tough plant" and it is "something unusual and easy to grow"
 I agree.  A small curiosity suited to the window sill and uneven care.

2. Small plants of Crinum hybrid 'Hannibal's Dwarf' (C. moorei x C.
americanum). This from Marcel Sheppard's web site "It is vigorous and easy
in the garden, increasing better than almost any other Crinum.  The plant is
small for a Crinum, with flowers held only about 18 inches tall.  It
produces a heavy early summer bloom in East Texas followed by sporadic
flowers until cold weather. " I've just grown it in a pot, doubting its
hardiness.  It has never bloomed for me in a pot, but concentrated on
multiplying madly. The flowers are medium , bright pink - or so I have seen
on the web.  In a pot it is about 1/2 the size Marcel gives.

 From Gregg DeChirico:

3. Small corms of Watsonia bulbifera, red-orange

From Dianne Martinelli:

4. Seed of Cypella coelestis

From Stephen Putman:

5. Seed of Pancratium maritimum
6. Seed of Hymenocallis palmeri
7. Seed of Crinum variabile

From Mary Sue Ittner:


8. Allium subvillosum-supposed to be a Mediterranean species, but I've never
had blooms 

9. Dichelostemma ida-maia - cormlets, winter growing California native
(firecracker flower) 

10. Ferraria crispa - winter growing South African, not very hardy, weirdly
wonderful flowers; this one doesn't smell bad 

11. Lachenalia contaminata- winter growing, multiple grass-like leaves,
tolerates more rain so can be planted out in my climate, white flowers

12. Spiloxene capensis- could be white or pink, probably not blooming size,
spectacular flower, winter growing 

13. Triteleia peduncularis - cormlets, white Triteleia from California with
wide umbel, grows in places very wet during growth so needs ample water
during winter to keep it growing long enough to bloom late spring, early

14. Tulipa batalini -- considered to be a form of Tulipa linifolia, but you
still see it advertised under this name. Has yellow flowers and is quite
charming. I have been growing this for many years, chilling it for 4 to 6
weeks in Northern California and it always does well for me in containers. 
Some of these may not be blooming size, but they bloom when the bulbs are
small. Could be some red ones (T. linifolia) in the mix as every year it
seems that I have a few end up in the wrong pot, but they bloom at slightly
different times.

15. Tulipa clusiana - the true candy stripe form, not the hybrids sometimes
sold as such. This one is supposed to be good for naturalizing in warmer
climates and I have a couple in the ground, but have more blooms from the
ones I chill with all my others and grow in containers potted up new every

16. Tulipa linifolia - delightful small species bulb with red flowers. I
have been growing this for many years, chilling it for 4 to 6 weeks in
Northern California and it always does well for me in containers. Some of
these may not be blooming size, but they bloom when the bulbs are small.
Could be some yellow ones (T. batalinii) in the mix as every year it seems
that I have a few end up in the mix, but they bloom at slightly different

17. Tulipa 'Little Princess' -- returning to the BX which is where I
originally obtained it offered from Cathy Craig. I do prechill this bulb,
but it has been a reliable bloomer and increased well every year since I got


18. Aristea capitata, syn. Aristea major-- finally bloomed for me, evergreen
plant that makes a statement, blue short lived flowers opening for a while
along a long stem 

19. Brodiaea elegans -- California native, shiny purple flowers with darker

20. Gladiolus tristis -- late blooming form that blooms in early summer, has
darker markings 

21. Hesperantha baurii -- pink flowers, summer growing 

22. Lachenalia campanulata -- summer rainfall species that can remain
evergreen if you keep watering it, blooms in spring, few seeds 

23. Leucocoryne vittata -- open pollinated so could very well be a hybrid
sure to 

24. Lilium maritimum -- lily native to where I live and somewhat rare,
supposedly not easy in all climates, may need cool summers 

25. Pasithea caerulea -- only few seeds, blue flowered plant from Chile,
winter growing 

26. Watsonia coccinea -- medium tall Watsonia and not as invasive as some,
nice orange-red flowers

Thank you, Jim, Gregg, Dianne, Stephen, and Mary Sue !!

Best wishes,

Dell Sherk, PBS BX

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