Flower count - WAS: What makes erythroniums bloom?

Jim McKenney jimmckenney@jimmckenney.com
Tue, 13 Apr 2010 10:25:42 PDT
Jane McGary wrote “The most startling thing in Roy's note is his success
with Erythronium grandiflorum, an alpine species that is very difficult to
flower at low elevation in the West.”


Mrs. Wilder was successful with this species about eighty years ago. She
wrote “ This is always the first species to blossom in my garden [in
Bronxville, New York]…Although it maintains itself year after year in this
garden, making its appearance punctually with the earliest flowers, its
increase has been very slow, if any.” 


She probably got her start with bulbs supplied by Carl Purdy. 


Jim McKenney


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