Ismene and Amarcrinum

Mon, 01 Nov 2010 20:25:52 PDT
Hi David,
Well, not sure about the species or cultivar name ... a neighbor was tossing out the bulb several years ago, which was unlabelled.  It has a slight yellow coloring despite the photo.  I retrieved it and plunked in the ground off my kitchen patio.  The bed in which it resides received no summer irrigation this year, and the plant was dormant until our first rain in late September/early October, when suddenly it pushed up leaves.   The Amarcrinums behind it, also went dormant this year, but pushed up a scape in June and again in August, but no leaves until the H2O arrived.  In past years, they retained their foliage with minimal irrigation.  I will say it seemed we had no Summer this year in coastal San Diego.  With only a few exceptions, the temperature rarely got much above 70F and we suffered an extended "June Gloom" pretty much through October.  Perhaps our weird weather has affected the normal growth cycle.
Ken Blackford
San Diego

From: David Ehrlich <>
Subject: Re: [pbs] Ismene and Amarcrinum
To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <>
Date: Monday, November 1, 2010, 7:00 PM

  that Ismene looks white.  As I recall, Sulphur Queen flowers are a pale 
primrose yellow.  Is your plant able to produce seed?

  I was surprised that rain could have such an effect -- I leave my Ismene 
(xfestalis) outside all the time, here in the S.F. Bay area.  They seem to 
respond to the season, and not to the amount of water.  So now, despite the wet 
weather, they are evidently inclining toward dormancy.

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