Tony Avent's comprehensive yet concise listing of the Lycoris genus

Lee Poulsen
Thu, 29 Aug 2019 14:42:38 PDT
The main reason I care about nothospecific taxa is because I live in an area where the tender species do just fine, but as the species go towards the more cold-desirous (?), we start to have trouble flowering them in this area (Southern California). Sometimes in order to get a Lycoris that looks like a species that doesn’t grow well here, it has to be crossed with one that does. It is good to know that. Secondly, when perusing a catalog such as Tony’s, one can get bulblust over a particular new hybrid. As you say, before shelling out the money for it, it is helpful to know its two (or more) species parents so one can at least get an initial idea if it will do well or possibly not. Having grown up in Central Texas, and lived much of my adult life in Southern California, I have always paid attention to the cold-desirousness of any plant I get a case of bulblust over. I refuse to do the tricks of pulling up bulbs and putting them in the refrigerator, or piling ice on them during the winter to try to get them to perform in my climate. I’d rather see if there might be a suitable hybrid that gets most of the way there via its genetics.

--Lee Poulsen
Pasadena, California, USA - USDA Zone 10a
Latitude 34°N, Altitude 1150 ft/350 m

> On Aug 29, 2019, at 8:49 AM, Jim McKenney via pbs <> wrote:
> I'm inclined to regard the concerns about nothospecific taxa as something of  a red herring. 
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