Calochortus in cultivation

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RickR
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Mark McD wrote:

 In this last one, C. umpquaensis, the dark hairs towards the center of the flower are most fetching.

And then they change to white hairs and continue almost all the way up the petals.....

All these Calochortus are very interesting!

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

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Hi Mark and Rick.

I'm trying to grow as many of the Calochortus as I possible can but I really like these ones which "look after themselves" in our garden - the "Mediterranean" climate suits them I guess,

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Latest one to flower is a deep pinky red form of Calochortus venustus from NARGS Seedex seed, I think,

Calochortus venustus red

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This is Calochortus luteus from NARGS Seedex 2006 donated by Betty Lowry as "compact form" - which it certainly is, so I keep some in a pot so I don't lose it!

Calochortus luteus compact form

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Sometimes we can't find the labels for our bulbs - this is one reason why:

Tachyglossus aculeatus aculeatusTachyglossus aculeatus aculeatus

Despite not having a label for this one I'm pretty sure it's Calochortus argillosus which was grown from Seedex seed

Calochortus argillosusCalochortus argillosusCalochortus argillosus

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fermi

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Our first Calochortus for the season - Calochortus pulchellus grown from AGS Seedex 2008

Calochortus pulchellus.Calochortus pulchellusCalochortus pulchellus

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fermi

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I haven't flowered this one yet - grown from NARGS Seedex 2008 - Calochrotus vestae.

I was disappointed that only one bulb survived when I repotted it last year but this year found that it had made up for that set back - 4 decent sized stem bulbils!

.Calochortus vestae.bulb with stem-bulbils..Calochortus vestae.bulb with stem-bulbils.

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fermi

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RickR
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I didn't know they did that!

It looks as though the lowest stem bulblet was under the soil surface, but the rest were above, and perhaps in a gravel type mulch?

The top three don't seem to be positioned like they were connected to the original plant.  Could they be more than a year old?

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

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Our first calochortus for the season is Calochortus splendens

Calochortus splendensCalochortus splendens

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fermi

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Calochortus venustus has flowered well - there is a little variation as they were raised from seed

Calochortus venustus

Calochortus clavatus var recurvifolius just starting

Calochortus clavatus.var,recurvifoliusCalochortus clavatus.var,recurvifolius

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fermi

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Central Victoria, Australia
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