Rhodophiala bifida name - cross posting

Tony Avent Tony@plantdelights.com
Thu, 08 Dec 2011 13:58:47 PST
Hi Bulb Folks:

As more and more clones and seedlings of Rhodophiala bifida enter the trade, we felt it important to go ahead and assign a cultivar name to the old Texas clone that is now sold around the world.  We formed a small group of mostly commercial bulb enthusiasts (with Texas well represented) to first take name suggestions and then vote on a name.  The results are in, and the cultivar name for the Texas clone is 'Hill Country Red'.  This clone was originally brought into the US in the 1800's by German immigrant 'Peter Oberwetter' and grown in his garden in the Texas Hill Country.  Because this clone is such a prolific multiplier and is virtually self sterile, it has been passed along for over a century, and is currently sold worldwide.  We hope this will help to avoid future confusion as more material enters the market.

Our working group who I'd like to thank included Scott Ogden (TX), Greg Grant (TX), Steve Lowe (TX), Patty Allen (TX), Scott Kunst (MI), Chris Weisenger (TX), Carl Schoenfeld/Wade Roitsch TX), Brent and Becky Heath (VA)

Tony Avent
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