Colchicum cupanii

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Peter George
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Joined: 2009-09-03
Colchicum cupanii

Another bulb I brought back from Washington and I'm just sure if it's hardy here in MA. Any help out there?

Mark McD
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Joined: 2009-12-14

Peter wrote:

Another bulb I brought back from Washington and I'm just sure if it's hardy here in MA. Any help out there?

For about 6 years I grew a form of C. cupanii which would flower late each fall, a delightful tiny species. If I recall correctly, I got it from Jane McGary.  I finally lost it, along with some other autumn-blooming Crocus a few years back when we had crazy unseasonably mild weather all through December and into January, where plants didn't harden off or go to rest properly, then winter finally hit. 

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

Peter George
Title: Member
Joined: 2009-09-03

Thanks for responding to both of my questions. I came back from the WA meeting with a bunch of 'strange' plants, many of which have little to no information available on the net. I'm working my way through them all, and I very well may be posting some additional questions over the next week or so. Hope life is treating you well.

Peter

Peter George, Petersham, MA (north central MA, close to the NH/VT borders), zones 5b and 6 around the property.

Mark McD
Title: Moderator
Joined: 2009-12-14

I found a photo of Colchicum cupanii.  I received mine as Colchicum cupanii coustieri, the last name probably a corruption for C. cousturieri.  But it doesn't matter, as there are a whole bunch of Colchicum names that are considered synonyms of C. cupanii, and as many as 7-8 varieties and subspecies of C. cupanii, none of which are generally regarded as legitimate.  The species is seen both with a single "i" (as C. cupani, as published on IPNI.ORG) and the double "ii" ending (as seen on The Plant List).  Lots of taxonomic fuss for such a tiny fall blooming Colchicum.  Finding this photo, reminds me that I really need to reacquire this charmer.

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

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