Cardiocrinum cordatum

James L. Jones
Thu, 07 Jul 2011 18:44:21 PDT
Hi Jane,
Yes, up to this particular pair all new plants were the result of self-sowing.  Slug-wise, my sandy soil keeps things dry enough that they're seldom much of a problem, June of 2009 being a disgusting exception.
Jim Jones

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From: Jane McGary <>
To: Pacific Bulb Society <>
Sent: Thu, Jul 7, 2011 4:48 pm
Subject: Re: [pbs] Cardiocrinum cordatum

Cardiocrinums here in the Pacific Northwest usually make one or more 
offsets before flowering when grown in a suitable situation, as Jim's 
garden must be. It seems from his post that the continuity was 
provided by seedlings, not offsets. Self-sowing in this genus is far 
less reliable in my experience because the first-year plants are so 
vulnerable to slugs.

Jane McGary
Portland, Oregon, USA

>I sowed seed of Cardiocrinum cordatum in 1985 and had my first bloom 
>in 1992, and it has been a dependable presence ever since, plants 
>popping up wherever, in due time, sending up a flower stalk, and 
>then, of course, dying.  However, two years ago a plant, presumably 
>in an optimum situation, grew and grew, and when the next year I dug 
>in that spot I found two large bulbs.  I moved them to a more 
>appropriate place and, lo and behold, I now have two separate flower 
>stalks pushing up, ready to burst into bloom.  What in the world 
>will the future bring?
>Have any others had this sort of experience?
>Jim Jones
>Lexington, MA


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