What makes erythroniums bloom?

James Waddick jwaddick@kc.rr.com
Tue, 06 Apr 2010 21:20:06 PDT
>Hi all.  What makes erythroniums bloom?. I have a patch of them here near
>Chicago (natives I think) and only about 10-15% bloom each year
>Dear Adam,

	I wish I knew.
	I have a small patch of wild collected (from down the hill) 
Erythronium albidum. They bloom fairly well, but must have 2 leaves 
per plant before they bloom. Plants with one leaf do not bloom. In 
the wild you can find hillsides with hundreds of plants and only a 
hand full of flowers.

	I have 3 named E. dens-canis and 2 have never bloomed in a 10 
years; the 3rd has produced one bloom one year and this year a record 
2 flowers. They all produce abundant and lovely foliage.

	But then E. 'Pagoda' is pretty reliable about blooming every 
year -more or less each year.

	I sure don't see a pattern.		Best		Jim W.

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

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