What's Blooming Oregon

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Mon, 01 Jun 2009 11:21:54 PDT
On 1 Jun 2009, at 7:17, Robin Hansen wrote:

> Do you find that Camas leichtlinii, white form, generally blooms later
> than the blue?  Mine (single) is just now blooming and the flowers are
> huge and beautiful, but my other camas are nearly over.  Seems like this
> happened last year also.

Now that you mention it, yes, that happens with me too.

Nomenclatural quibble: if by "white form" you mean the creamy yellow form 
native around Roseburg, I suggest you stop calling it "white", as the dark blue 
form throws occasional pure white sports.

The creamy yellow form is formally Camassia leichtlinii leichtlinii, while the 
dark blue/violet form is Camassian leichtlinii suksdorfii. One of those 
situations where the type of a taxon is not typical in the everyday sense.

Finally, a word of warning about camas in general: if you are in a congenial 
environment, every seed will germinate and, since the bulbs go down deep, 
you'll have an ineradicable weed on your hands. It's reached the point where, 
as with Hyacinthoides, I simply pull out all the flowering stems so that no 
seed sets.

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Maritime Zone 8, a cool Mediterranean climate
on beautiful Vancouver Island


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