Cryptostephanus blooming now?
Fri, 04 Sep 2009 07:32:31 PDT
Two of my plants of C. vansonii grown from seed from Silverhill flowered this year, both in spring.? They were probably 2-3 years old, and are easy to grow. The plants remind me of small clivia plants, the flowers are quite different, not stunningly showy but worth having anyway.

Ernie DeMarie Z6/7 Tuckahoe NY

Crocosmia aurea is in full bloom in the gardens now, first flowers on Gladiolus candidus from SH seeds, very cool long tubed narrow petaled white stars. Wasps are attacking and shredding a clone of G. dalenii flowers in my school garden (for nectar?) but leave?same clone at home alone, as well as any other clone or other glad at school. 


-----Original Message-----
From: James Waddick <>
To: Pacific Bulb Society <>
Sent: Thu, Sep 3, 2009 6:55 pm
Subject: [pbs] Cryptostephanus blooming now?

Dear Friends,
    I was surprised to see a tiny pale flower in a shady area and 
traced it back to a plant of Cryptostephanus vansonii. This is the 
'pink' form although in the current warm weather I doubt it will show 
much pink color.

    This hasn't bloomed for me all that often and I seem to 
recall it blooming in spring, not late summer. I checked out the wiki… 
    and see that Lee Poulsen blooms his in Oct. so maybe this 
isn't so far off.

    What is the usual bloom time in northern gardens? Any other reports?

        Thanks  Jim W.

Dr. James W. Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
Ph.    816-746-1949
Zone 5 Record low -23F
    Summer 100F +

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