Calochortus in cultivation

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Fermi
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Hoy wrote:

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Trond, if I can get down to that level I'll try the pollinating! ;Dcheersfermi

Well, if you can't bend you certainly can lift the pot (it isnt that big?)  on to the table?

the other one was in the ground!Actually it has already faded - I'll check for seeds soon.cheersfermi

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Fermi wrote:

Hoy wrote:

Fermi wrote:

Trond, if I can get down to that level I'll try the pollinating! ;Dcheersfermi

Well, if you can't bend you certainly can lift the pot (it isnt that big?)  on to the table?

the other one was in the ground!

cheersfermi

Then you could either dig a hole to sit in or dig out the plant? Or better still - use a brush with a long handle! Well too late now anyway ;)

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

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Great meadow, Panayoti! I like this effect, though I don't have any grasses locally that stay small- maybe some sedges, but most of those around here are woodland and wetland species...As for cold climate species, Alplains I think listed one or two at z4, and Beavercreek had (last time I looked) one or more at z3..

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

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I was happy to discover Telos has several bulbs of Calochortus that I've been lusting after, including C. kennedyi. I splurged on C. striatus and C. simulans. I will save my pennies for more next year since I'm an impatient youth. I've heard rumors here of people saving C. nuttallii bulbs from development and giving them to whomever can give them a good home. I can't confirm this, but I'm going to follow up on it next time I'm in a room with the local UNPS chapter.

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Fermi
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Calochortus are in bloom in the Southern Hemisphere!

Calochortus luteus bulbs bought from Marcus Harvey in Tasmania a few years ago and flowering reliably each year,

.Calochortus.luteus. .Calochortus.luteus.

Calochortus superbus, grown from seed many years ago,

.Calochortus.superbus.

Calochortus catalinae, also grown from seed and currently in the shade-house - not sure why (maybe just forgot to take it back after the winter?),

Calochortus catalinae

cheers

fermi

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Today I really investigated Calochortus spp. flowers, because I thought I kept seeing inconsistencies in the structure.  What are these three green things radiating from the center of the flower?  Even in the same species, "some" flowers have them, and some "don't".

(Fermi's photo)

Calochortus catalinae         

Mind you, I've never seen a calochortus in real life, so no no comments from the peanut gallery, please, but you can all laugh amongst yourselves. <grin>

--- are they the real petals, and the large appendages behind are the sepals?

--- are they "new" appendages that most flowers don't have?

--- is the photography playing a trick, and they are the outlines of the overlapping parts of the petals?

 

Well they are the actual botanical sepals, and in in the normal configuration (behind the petals).  But in some calochortus flowers, they can pop up between the petals, giving the illusion of being on top of them, and then disappear behind the petals again. 

Isn't (plant) life grand!

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

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That's intersting, Rick!

I went back and found a couple of pics from the end of last month which shows the sepal "caught in the act"!

Calochortus catalinae with sepal showingCalochortus catalinae with sepal showing - side on

This is  Calochortus splendens grown from Seedex seed; the second pic showing the mesh of fine "hairs"

Calochortus splendens budCalochortus splendens inside

Here's one I grew from seed as Calochortus venustus - to me it looks like Calochortus superbus

Calochortus - maybe - venustus

but  another in the batch of seedlings has a stripe above the basal blotch which seems to indicate it is true to name - any of you more experienced growers able to add anything?

cheers

fermi

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This is the other seedling which looks more like Calochortus venustus

Calochortus venustus

cheers

fermi

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The latest to flower is Calochortus umpquaensis

Calochortus umpquaensis

cheers

fermi

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Mark McD
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Fermi, these are all very beautiful.  In this last one, C. umpquaensis, the dark hairs towards the center of the flower are most fetching.  Seems that the Calochorti do very well in your climate.

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

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