colchicum byzantinum & friends

Russell Stafford, Odyssey Bulbs
Mon, 05 Oct 2009 18:08:33 PDT
C. decaisnei is apparently a highly variable species -- the segments 
range in size from 1.5 to 4.5 cm long, and in color from white to 
lilac- or purple-pink.  Flowers can be narrowly or broadly funnel 
shaped.  Moreover, its name has been and still is applied to several 
other species including C. troodii.  It's possible that seeds of 
different provenance would produce plants that resembled C. laetum 
hort.  I have seen photos of supposed C. decaisnei flowers that are a 
dead ringer for C. laetum hort.


At 08:49 PM 10/5/2009, you wrote:
>Jane McGary wrote,
>The plant I received as C. laetum from Dutch growers is NOTHING like
>C. decaisnei, which I have grown from Archibalds' seed of documented
>wild origin. C. decaisnei is a rather small species, though not a
>real miniature, and very pale pink its flowers do not open widely
>like those of C. laetum hort.
>Jane McGary

Russell Stafford
Odyssey Bulbs
PO Box 382
South Lancaster, MA  01561

More information about the pbs mailing list