Erythronium americanum and Arisaema situation..

Paul Tyerman ptyerman at OZEMAIL.COM.AU
Thu Dec 5 06:07:19 CET 2002

At 05:09  5/12/02 +1300, you wrote:
>Can anyone tell me where I might obtain seed of the above? I fluked a plant
>in a pot of yellow Trillium erectum several years ago. Both are desperately
>needing to be repotted but I'm a bit afraid to do it in case I lose the


I'd be more worried about the Trilliums rather than the Erythronium.
Erythroniums are a small elongated tuber that when fully dormant is free of
roots and easily repottable.  I wouldn't be worried at all about moving it
once it has died off (which they have already done here in Canberra,
Australia).  I grow numerous different Erythroniums here and have never
lost one to repotting, just to the ocassional rot from overwatering.

>Arisaemas moving along nicely in N.Z. at the moment. A. ringens, speciosum,
>amurense and peninsulae (all hopefully with seed) over;  A. taiwanense,
>erubescens and tortuosum "flowering";  ciliatum, ciliatum v. liubaense,
>candidissum, nepenthoides, exapendiculatum, tryphyllum, flavum of various
>sorts, concinuum, griffithii etc etc on the move.

WOW!  That is certainly a decent collection <grin>.  Here I have
candidissimum, flavum, tortuosum, jacquemontii, triphyllum all in flower,
with a few others (such as another form of triphyllum, consanguineum,
amurense) already been and gone.  Still to come are basically only a couple
of different consanguineums, plus a few other smaller things that have not
surfaced yet (and I am sweating on at the moment as I REALLY want them to
have survived).

Also watching a bud emerge on the largest Pinellia tripartita
'Atropurpureum' seedling, which I am hoping will actually have thrown true.
Looking promising at this point as there looks to be some dark shading
within the bud.  Here's hoping!!

>Seed from AEG germinated - flavum, sikokianum and ciliatum v. liubaense -
>all sown in September.

Same here, with pretty much everything from the AEG having germinated and
growing well with some just starting to go dormant now.

>Warmer weather appears to be here at last. Hopefully it will stay a while!

You can have some of ours if you'd like.  Unseasonably warm weather here,
with everything scorching far earlier than usual.  Voluntary water
restrictions already in place with the likelihood of full water
restrictions by Christmas.  Very hot and dry here but thankfully not as bad
as Sydnay has been.  We also haven't had any fires yet, unlike the hell
that Sydney and the South Coast is currently going through.  If either of
those places is going through the gale force winds we're having today then
it must be whipping the fires up into a frenzy.

So..... we'll swap you some warmth for some cooler weather and rain if you
can arrange it <grin>.


Paul Tyerman
Canberra, Australia.  USDA equivalent - Zone 8/9
mailto:ptyerman at

Growing.... Galanthus, Erythroniums, Fritillarias, Cyclamen, Crocus,
Cyrtanthus, Liliums, Hellebores, Aroids, Irises plus just about anything
else that doesn't move!!!!!

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