Eranthis cilicica

James Waddick
Sun, 07 Jan 2018 13:49:15 PST
Dear PBSer,

	Years ago I purchased 100 bulbs each of both E. cilicica and E hyemalis from a prominent (and expensive) bulb dealer. All were treated the same with an over night soak and prompt planting.

	The first spring the vast majority of them all came up. Although ALL the E. hymenalis were correctly named, the bulbs labelled E. cilicica proved to be about 15 true and the rest hymnalis. As David says "as garden plants they are distinct.“, close up.

	Within a year or two all the cilicica died. I have been able to divide and spread the E. hyemali.s around and they found a spot to their liking where they self seed about happily. This is saying a lot in my difficult climate of Kansas City. I think they are here to stay.

	Considering how similar the two are in my garden I have no urge to pursue E. cilicica further.		Best		Jim W. 

On Jan 7, 2018, at 6:20 AM, David Pilling <> wrote:


On 06/01/2018 20:08, Jane McGary wrote:
> It's probably too late to plant Eranthis tubers (not corms) that have

The PBS wiki [1] tells me "Eranthis cilicica and Eranthis hyemalis are sometimes considered to be conspecific, but as garden plants they are distinct. "

Anyway I never had any luck with bought tubers, even after soaking them.

Guessing, the plants seem to only grow whilst temperatures stay just above freezing.

I grew some from seed, but managed to kill most of the seedlings by bringing them indoors (too warm).

They're a nice thing to have, and can be spectacular in large quantities.

Celandine (ficaria verna) looks similar from a distance and since it is a weed, presumably easier to grow.


David Pilling
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