Notholirion thomsonianum

stephen willson via pbs
Tue, 27 Apr 2021 14:35:07 PDT

Your Notholirion thomsonianum look so happy in the ground!  Mine just look sad and scruffy-leaved and did not flower this year.  I'm supposedly in Zone 8B (Mt. Vernon-area in the Skagit Valley north of you) but my peonies are not as far along as yours, so I wonder if you are just that bit warmer (7B maybe) and that this is the difference between a happy and sad Notholirion?  I agree about them not being ideal for the fastidious gardener - I've thought of digging mine all up and donating them to the BX several times.  Seeing yours in flower makes me think I might perhaps wait another year...  Do you think the light shade is helpful?  Mine are in somewhat of an open sunny spot, and because near the coast if it often breezy here maybe this contributes to their sad looks.

Here's hoping the warm weather comes back sometime this summer!

Steve Willson, Bow, WA

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Subject: [pbs] Notholirion thomsonianum

Well, that worked! Here is another taken the same day, showing a group
of Notholirion thomsonianum (all the same clone) flowering in light
shade. The mess of long leaves flat on the ground belongs to them, and
is why this is not perhaps a plant for the fastidious gardener. Like
Cardiocrinum, Notholirion is monocarpic; the bulb that produces the
scape dies, leaving dozens of offsets of a sequence of ages. That's why
you can have all the Notholirion you want from the BX, but you have to
wait a while for flowering. Note that the shortest one in the photo is
fasciated: the stem is flattened and broad, and carries more flowers,
more closely spaced than normal. This occurs occasionally here.

Jane McGary, Portland, Oregon, USA

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