A blog exploring the pleasures of gardening in Montgomery County, Maryland, USA.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Colchicum agrippinum "old Portland garden form"
The name Colchicum agrippinum poses a bit of a name problem.There is no evidence that a sexually reproducing population corresponding to this plant exists any where in the world; in other words, it is not a species in the modern sense. On the other hand, more than one such plant seems to exist; and that suggests that the plants given this name do not form a clone. The plant shown above is blooming in the garden now; it came from Jane McGary in 2006. She found it in a Portland, Oregon garden where it had eviently been growing for a long time. It differs from the usual commercial Colchicum agrippinum, at least as I know them, in having much more distinctly checkered flowers and richer color. In fact, it's a fair rival for one of its assumed parents, Colchicum variegatum. Take a look at Colchicum variegatum here: http://mcwort.blogspot.com/2007/09/glory-of-all-these-kindes.html
These colchciums with checkered patterns are to my tastes the choicest of the bulbs of the sesaon.