Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Galanthus Scharlockii

Galanthus Scharlockii has been grown in gardens for many, many years. It is easily identified by its long, split spathe, which is said to resemble "donkey's ears"(a spathe being, of course a leaf or leaf-like structure that grows around or over the inflorescence to protect it from the elements; an elaborate version would be the "pulpit" that surrounds the "jack" in jack in the pulpits). Scharlockii's flower is noteworthy for the small green spots on the outer petals as well as having the usual green marks (looking like little upside-down hearts) on the inner petals. The whole plant has somewhat of a wiry, fly-away look, but it is a cool little snowdrop (and is still around after almost two hundred years in gardens).

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How long have you had this little one? I'm trying to remember if I saw this last Spring. It's very distinctive, isn't it?
(I have to laugh, as the word verification is "wisedupe" ha. Not sure what that has to do with anything!)
I can see the donkey ears ... this is a quite attractive galanthus and I've not seen it before. Is it hard to come by? Does it multiply as readily as elwesii? I'm going to have to look for this one...
Shady... two years. It was here but just one tiny snowdrop when you visited.
IVG... it's hard to find (Temple Nursery is the only place in U.S. that I know carries it. It multiplies nicely (though have only had it two years).
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