Sunday, March 30, 2008

High hopes for a dainty white native

Among the earliest of the spring flowers is the erythronium. For some time now, I have had the “pagoda” and the dens-canis, but last fall I planted a species erythronium that is native to our region: the revolutum, a white variety. I have a beautiful image of it in my wildflower calendar, but I’m too lazy to scan it, so this is from Brent and Becky’s.

I am so anxious to see these plants come up. Sure, I can see the tulips starting to push through and of course there’s a few ratty snowdrops here and there (they’re not ratty so much as the dirty snow and old leaves that form their unappealing backdrop). If the lovely mottled foliage from erythronium would last through the season, as with some other spring bloomers, it would be a perfect plant. Sadly, though, it disappears, so you can’t depend on it as a ground cover.

Still, I hope it works out and I can post some images here.


Pam/Digging said...

Maybe it'll be up by the time you return from the Spring Fling. Looking forward to meeting you on Friday.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I am not familiar with this native. I will look forward to seeing more of it.

Heather's Garden said...

Just think of all the wonderful stuff you're going to get to see at the Spring Fling! I really wish I could afford to make the trip, but in these fairly scary economic times we've been tightening the belt. I'm so jealous that you're all getting together without me -- which is only going to be worse when everyone starts posting about it next week! Tell me there's going to be another Garden Rant gathering in Buffalo this summer, because that I can plan to attend. At least I'll get to meet Amy at a book-signing in a few weeks.

EAL said...

Yes, Heather, I do hope some bloggers may come to Buffalo this summer. A few have said they are interested already. I hope you can come!

mmw said...

Elizabeth, E. revolutum is native to the west coast, California-BC, not NY.

...And it is very beautiful. I hope yours succeed!

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