Aka Fairy Lantern. A stunning early spring blooming species with nodding globe like flowers. Blooms range in colour from ivory to carmine. Each arching stem can carry up to 10 of these incredibly lovely toothed edged flowers. Co-evolved with our wet winters and dry summers, so becomes naturally dormant in summer to survive the drought, so provide such conditions in order for the plant to thrive Ideal for dappled shade woodland gardens. Self seeds when happy.
- Seed Count: 12-15
- Collection Date: May 2017
- Hardiness Zone: 6a-9a
- Height and Width: 20cm x 10cm
- Habitat: dappled shade; well draining average soil.
- Germination test type: hand sort
- Family: Liliaceae
How to germinate Calochortus albus seeds:
Soak seed 24 hours. Cold stratify at 2-4 C in a equal mix of damp peat and coarse sand for 2 months. This species does not tolerate overly moist medium. Check seed often as it does tend to germinate during the stratification process (prick out, transplant and provide indirect light). Sow 3 mm deep; germinate at cool temps (10-15 C) temps greater than 20 C can be lethal. Never provide hot sun as young plants will enter dormancy early and will never gather enough energy via photosynthesis to resprout in the following spring. Sometimes seed takes two years to germinate….this is nature’s way. Dormant in summer. Needs good drainage & NO summer water which will rot the bulb.