Re: [aroid-l] Dracunculus foliage
- Subject: Re: [aroid-l] Dracunculus foliage
- From: "C. J. Addington" firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2003 20:57:05 -0700
on 4/29/03 12:08, Peter Boyce at email@example.com wrote:
> Hi Jim
> For a long time it was claimed that the heavily white-chevroned forms of
> Dracunculus vulgaris were from Crete (there is even a variety cretensis,
> recognized by Engler, for this leaf form). However, while it is true that
> the vast majority of plants on Crete are so marked, the variegated form also
> occurs in western Turkey and also crops up on other Aegea islands.
Hello All again!
It seems nobody talks about much of anything on here for ages, and then
all of a sudden the floodgates open, and the conversation gets really
interesting! This spurt of Dracunculus talk is right up my alley - I love
these guys and grow a bunch of them.
Last summer I used pollen from one of my heavily white-chevroned
Dracunculus to pollinate the bloom of a completely non-variegated plant just
as an experiment to see what would happen, such as what is dominant, how
many babies are chevroned, etc. That pollination produced a huge berry
cluster that I sprouted on my patio. I now have over a hundred cute little
mixed-pattern baby Dracunculus, and at this stage (1-2 leaves) not one of
them shows any white at all. So, either solid green is 100% dominant, or
babies just don't show any white chevrons. I look forward to rearing them up
to see the percentages of chevroned vs. plain green.
If anyone would like some of these babies (I cannot grow 100+ plants of
one thing on my patio!) I would be happy to share them, if you would just
let me know if it turns out green or chevroned. I think these guys are so
cool that everyone should grow them! Of course, I live in a Mediterranean
climate, so perhaps I am biased.
Love to hear about other folk's experiences with these neat plants.