BX 295 seed info

Michael Mace michaelcmace@gmail.com
Fri, 11 Nov 2011 16:17:41 PST
I think most of the seeds labeled as from Richard Smith actually are the
ones I sent in this year (either that or Richard and I have identical
gardens ;-).  Anyway, below are notes on some of my/our donations.

Have fun!

San Jose, CA

2. Calochortus luteus. Stippled form. This is second-generation seed from
the hills above Coyote Valley, CA.  This form of C. luteus is marked lightly
with short dark lines, but does not have the dark eye typical of the

4. Calochortus vestae, pink.  This is NOT C. vestae.  These came to me from
a longtime Calochortus grower who had labeled them "Calochortus vestae."
However, when they bloomed last year, they turned out to almost certainly be
Calochortus superbus, based on gland shape.  Whatever their name, they are a
beautiful dark pink form.  You can see a photo here:

5. Calochortus vestae, white.  This one also came to me labeled "Calochortus
vestae," but the flowers look like C. superbus.  This is the typical white
form, with an orange eye that fades to yellow as the flower ages.  Photo

10. Moraea villosa "a"  This is the form with purple tepals, blue eye, and
an orange hairy center.  Open pollinated seed, so you might get some

11. Moraea villosa "b"  Purple tepals, blue eye, yellow hairy center.  These
were self-pollinated, so hopefully will be true to form.

12. Narcissus elegans.  A very tiny fall-blooming Narcissus.  Dull
orange-green corona.

15. Prochnyanthes mexicana.  From what I've been told, this is a rare
summer-growing bulb from Mexico.  I obtained it from Southwestern Native
Seeds as an extra, quite a few years ago.  It grows under a Japanese maple
where it receives filtered sun and year-round water.  The flowers on this
clone are dull green.  I know there are a couple of Prochnyanthes lovers on
the list -- FYI, these are the same as the seeds I distributed about a year

17. Romulea campanuloides, pink. This species has been renamed R.
camerooniana.  Although these are summer-growers in the wild, for me they
have adapted to a winter growing schedule, blooming in early summer (around
May) and then going dormant in June.  Reliable and vigorous.

18. Romulea campanuloides, white.  This species has been renamed R.
camerooniana.  Self-pollinated seed of a white/yellow form that appeared in
the pot with the pinks.  Photo here:

19. Romulea hallii.  Reliable in my climate; handsome flowers.  The only
drawback is that they grow at a very rainy time of the year in my area and
can get weather-beaten.  But still worthwhile.

22. Spiloxene sp, small orange.  This is a species sold unidentified by
Silverhill, winter-growing.  It has small clear flowers the color of a
school bus, and blooms over a fairly long period in spring.  These flowered
in the second year from seed.  The corms are small and surrounded by a dense
bird's nest of fibers.  They look like little balls of lint.

23. Tulipa clusiana.  Just a few seeds, unfortunately.  This is one of the
few tulips to grow reliably without refrigeration in San Jose, CA.

24. Watsonia aletroides, dwarf pink.  Grown from Kirstenbosch seeds.  

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