Miscellaneous spring bulbs

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Mark McD
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Another Trit has been in bloom for nearly two weeks, still looking great today (very long bloomers they are), Triteleia lemmoniae.  This is a rare species with a restricted geographical distribution in Arizona.  My favorite aspect of this species, is how the spent flowers turn a rich red-brown color, adding to the effect.  It is also a very small species, just a few inches, whereas many Trits are much taller growers.  It has been hardy here for the last 6-7 years I've grown it, increasing very slowly.

USDA map and data page:
http://www.plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=TRLE4

Flora of North America
http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=1&taxon_id=242102033

More info and pics:
http://www.delange.org/LemmonsStar/LemmonsStar.htm

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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Hoy
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Never heard of (and never seen before)! Now it is on my list of plants to try to get hold of!

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Mark McD
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Yet another Trit flowering, one of Jim Robinett's selections, Triteleia laxa 'Sierra Giant'.  The flower stem is about 14" tall (35 cm) with a very large umbel of large silvery lilac funnels, shiny and rose-tinged at the outside base of the florets.  These large-flowered Trits always surprise me, in that their foliage is a mere pair of minimal basal leaves, little indication at how much they do up in the air above.  The waxy flowers last for weeks.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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Hoy
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I have at least heard about Triteleia laxa! But this selection is better than any I have seen (pictures of).

My picture is not of any plant taking first price in  color display but the fragrance is better!
The plant in front to the left is a perennial Tropaeolum from seed, it has not flowered yet.

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Hoy
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Not the most flamboyant of bulbs but Ornithogalum has charm. This particular species, O. umbellatum, I collected in Morocco a couple of years ago. No problem growing it outdoors.

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Boland
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I'm not sure if my O. umbellatum are even showing buds yet....Triteleia don't bloom until late July here!  My goodness, I never realized just how far behind we are in Newfoundland...especially this year!

Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Zone 5b
1800 mm precipitation per year

Hoy
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Todd wrote:

I'm not sure if my O. umbellatum are even showing buds yet....Triteleia don't bloom until late July here!  My goodness, I never realized just how far behind we are in Newfoundland...especially this year!

Then you have the opportunity to enjoy the blooming when it is finished elsewhere!

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Mark McD
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More Trits; there are always more Trits ;D

Three species blooming more or less at the same time.  Triteleia hyacinthina is an easy species that'll seed around when happy, with lots of full heads of white blooms.  Each floret is typically nerved with a green, blue-green, to blue midvein.  It is adaptable, and seems to do best in heavy soils that are moist in spring but allowed to dry out in summer.

T. laxa is amazingly variable, and at least a few distinct forms have been selected and named.  Previously I showed the silvery lilac 'Sierra Giant' which flowered weeks ago, now the deep blue T. laxa 'Humbolt Star' is in bloom, both being Jim Robinett selections.  This is a large and showy feast for the senses.

The last is T. bridgesii (formerly Brodiaea bridgesii), which seems to be diminishing in size and I worry about it's demise after a near decade of splendid bloom.  I show one photo from this year, a bit late because some of the flowers have gone by, but it is a mere ghost of itself compared to previous years.  Also, I had two color forms, one with a more prominent white eye, but have since lost that distinctive form... I include a poor quality photo that shows these two color forms back in early 2000s.  I include two older lesser quality photos that show these two color forms back in early 2000s, the last photo giving an idea of scale of the flower head, which is huge!

Lastly, for those who want to know more, I supply links to additional photos, distribution maps, and info.

Triteleia hyacinthina
Flora of North America
http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=1&taxon_id=242102030

USDA Plants Database, distribution shades in all of British Columbia, although the species just edges into British Columbia over the USA border:
http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=TRHY3

CalPhotos:
http://calphotos.berkeley.edu/cgi/img_query?query_src=photos_index&where...

Triteleia bridgesii
Flora of North America
http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=1&taxon_id=242102025
USDA

USDA Plants Database
http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=TRBR7

CalPhotos:
http://calphotos.berkeley.edu/cgi/img_query?query_src=photos_index&where...

Triteleia laxa
Flora of North America
http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=1&taxon_id=242102032
(note:  shows the distribution to be California only)

USDA Plants Database
http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=TRLA16
(note:  shows the distribution to be California & southern Oregon)

CalPhotos:
http://calphotos.berkeley.edu/cgi/img_query?query_src=photos_index&where...

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
 

Hoy
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At last a Triteleia I grow! I believe it is the same species, T. laxa. I have grown them for some years but they do not flower before July here.

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Mark McD
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Joined: 2009-12-14

Hoy wrote:

At last a Triteleia I grow! I believe it is the same species, T. laxa. I have grown them for some years but they do not flower before July here.

Everything here is blooming a full 2-3 weeks earlier than normal, one of the earliest spring seasons on record.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
 

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