Colchicum 'Alboplenum' ? 'White Waterlily'

Jim McKenney
Fri, 02 Oct 2009 12:48:00 PDT
Jan, Colchicum 'Waterlily' itself is said to have resulted from a cross
between Colchicum speciosum 'Album' with a double, white-flowered form of C.
autumnale in a effort to get a large double-flowered white colchicum. 


'Alboplenum' is not a sport of 'Waterlily'; if anything, it might be the
double white autumnale form used to produce 'Waterlily'. However, as you
noticed, it has only a few anthers. Bowles recorded another less double
white-flowered form of autumnale; and if that form has more anthers, then
perhaps it was used to produce 'Waterlily'. 


It might be worthwhile to re-do these crosses using the white-flowered
Colchicum 'Innocence' aka 'byzantinum album' instead of Colchicum speciosum


Jim McKenney

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