White Triteleia Question

Jane McGary janemcgary@earthlink.net
Fri, 27 Sep 2013 11:19:36 PDT
John Wickham asked
>I've seen several selections of white flowered Triteleia and am now 
>a little confused. Are T. 'Silver Queen', T. 'White Queen', and T. 
>'White Sweep' the same or are they different. If they are different, then how?

Note correction of typo in original subject line.

I looked at the photos available via Google, and what I deduced from 
them and my knowledge of the companies offering them is that 'Silver 
Queen' and 'White Sweep' are different, and 'White Queen' is a name 
that appears only in the online catalog of a less than reliable 
supplier. They are said to be white or whitish selections from the 
normally blue-lavender Triteleia laxa, which is also offered in other 
named forms, the oldest being 'Queen Fabiola', so 'Silver Queen' is 
probably a sport of that. Both the names and the photos suggest that 
'White Sweep' is brighter white, but bulb catalogs typically 
Photoshop the colors, so who knows?

Anyway, they are cheap, so investing in a small bag of them would be 

A species that has nearly all white flowers in the typical form is 
Triteleia peduncularis, which is very well worth growing and hardy to 
at least 15 degrees F. I sent some seed to the BX recently. Another 
white-flowered themid is Triteleia hyacinthina, which I think is the 
best for use in the border because of its large, dense inflorescence, 
somewhat resembling an Allium.

Jane McGary
Portland, Oregon, USA

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