Fritillaria striata and F. pluriflora

Mary Sue Ittner
Fri, 23 Mar 2012 06:46:03 PDT
I live in California and have not had good experience with California 
Fritillaria. I can get the seed to germinate and have gotten some of 
them to blooming stage, but most years they don't bloom and 
eventually they are gone. I successfully grow Erythronium, Brodiaea, 
Triteleia, Dichelostemma, Calochortus, Scoliopus, some Lilium 
species, and some other California "bulbs" and have many species of 
each that return and bloom every year. Some of the California 
Fritillaria species grow in clay soils that bake in summer and that I 
cannot provide.  But even F. affinis which is found in coastal areas 
in my county hasn't been a great success. It looks like I'm going to 
have one California Fritillaria (affinis) bloom this year (as in one 
plant in a pot that once had many.) There are some people like Ed 
Rustvold who have figured out how to do it and I think Diana Chapman 
has had success, but  the Jepson description fits my experience.

Mary Sue

>I looked something up in the Jepson Manual today and noticed that 
>all the Fritillaria species for which an evaluation of cultivation 
>is given are listed as "difficult." This is not quite true, 
>especially if you live in California!

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