Which fessia?

Mary Sue Ittner msittner@mcn.org
Fri, 28 Jun 2019 09:01:57 PDT
On 6/27/2019 5:28 PM, Jan Jeddeloh wrote:
"I have two pots of fessia seedlings.  Both bloomed and have set seed.  
I’m trying to figure out which species I have because I don’t want to 
send in mislabeled seed to seed exchanges. The later blooming plants had 
lots of leaves with the flowers.  This plant was labeled greilhuberi.  
Reading the description it sounds like this is likely correctly named.  
I also had a pot of earlier blooming fessia seedlings.  It wasn’t quite 
as leafy but I can’t remember when the leaves appeared.
Anyone want to hazard a guess as to the identity of the second pot?"

I grew bulbs from seed labeled Scilla greilhuberi, now Fessia 
greilhuberi. I've never seen a key so it could be something else. The 
leaves appear in September-October and it flowers early, late January 
sometimes into March, in Northern California. I don't remember the 
leaves being so large so maybe it is something else. I'm very fond of it 
since it flowers early and lasts awhile as well and I like the flowers 
too. The flowers look like the flowers on the wiki from John Lonsdale's 
garden. In Jerry Flintoff's introduction to the topic of the week for 
Scilla he wrote:

"Two others that have been much confused and good also in shady position 
are S. hohenhackeri and S. greilhuberi. Scilla greilhuberi puts out 
leaves in early autumn and bears 10 inch racemes of pendent blue 
bells-it bears quite a few leaves- perhaps too many. Scilla hohenhackeri 
waits until spring to sprout its neater leaves and is equal to 
greilhuberi in beauty. "

So that confuses me more. I see posts in the archives from Jane McGary 
and Jim McKenney who grow S. greihuberi so maybe they might have an opinion.

Mary Sue

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