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.