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Dog-Tooth Violet


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Deb07-Apr-00 07:11 PM EST   
mary13-Apr-00 10:23 PM EST   
mary13-Apr-00 10:24 PM EST   
mary13-Apr-00 10:42 PM EST   
Donna07-Sep-01 11:39 PM EST 2b   
Susan08-Sep-01 08:24 AM EST 6a   
Ed08-Sep-01 09:07 PM EST 5   
Susan08-Sep-01 10:24 PM EST 6a   
rb18-Sep-01 04:26 PM EST 6a   
carmen19-Sep-01 01:31 AM EST 8   
The Budding Poet19-Sep-01 03:45 AM EST 5a   
The Budding Poet21-Sep-01 03:16 AM EST 5a   


Subject: Dog-Tooth Violet
From: Deb
Zone:
Date: 07-Apr-00 07:11 PM EST

I grew up in NB where I used to pick these flowers for Mother's Day. They were also called Adder Tongues I believe. Where can I get some to try in Ottawa area? They are a part of my past & I would love to try some here.


Subject: RE: Dog-Tooth Violet
From: mary
Zone:
Date: 13-Apr-00 10:23 PM EST


Subject: RE: Dog-Tooth Violet
From: mary
Zone:
Date: 13-Apr-00 10:24 PM EST


Subject: RE: Dog-Tooth Violet
From: mary
Zone:
Date: 13-Apr-00 10:42 PM EST

Another name for Adders Tongue is Trout lilies and they grow wild. The plant is also been cultivated as a hybrid and the one I grow is call Pagoda. It grows very well in Southern Ontario and gives you a good show. The leaves are up now and they are in bud. The Latin name for the bulb is Erythronium and you plant it in the fall for Spring bloom. You can get it in this area from the nurseries or catalogues.


Subject: RE: Dog-Tooth Violet
From: Donna
Zone: 2b
Date: 07-Sep-01 11:39 PM EST

I spent some time in local shops today looking for Erythroniums. Stores here do not carry these bulbs, so I need some help. I live in SK and would like to order bulbs in to plant this fall if it is not to late in the season. Please pass on the names of suppliers that you know and trust. Thanks


Subject: RE: Dog-Tooth Violet
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 08-Sep-01 08:24 AM EST

Like Deb, I grew up in NB with dog-toothed violets and wonderful burgundy trilliums as spring flowers and have been seeking them for my Ontario garden. I didn't find out the botanical name for the violets until last year and was too late to order some last year but I've ordered them from Botanus for planting this fall - try www.botanus.com I think Vesseys and Dominion Seeds also carry them. The burgundy trilliums are a different story - very hard to propagate so rare to find certified nursery grown plants, so I have to settle for the white trilliums which are a little easier to propagate and easier to find as nursery grown plants.


Subject: RE: Dog-Tooth Violet
From: Ed
Zone: 5
Date: 08-Sep-01 09:07 PM EST

I, too, grew up with D.T. Violets and like to consider them as companions to trilliums and hepaticas in the woods, where I feel they belong, and maybe should stay.


Subject: RE: Dog-Tooth Violet
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 08-Sep-01 10:24 PM EST

Ed - I agree that they are properly a woodland plant and I plan for them in my woodland garden. The wild ones supposedly don't reproduce well and wild harvesting is a no-no indeed. I understand that the 'Pagoda' bulbs available are not the true wild plant but a similar-looking variety that has a shorter reproduction cycle and so can be commerially grown more easily. They are sufficently similar in appearance to my childhood recollection that they will satisfy my needs and maybe Deb's needs too....


Subject: RE: Dog-Tooth Violet
From: rb
Zone: 6a
Date: 18-Sep-01 04:26 PM EST

The one you're probably looking for is Erythronium americanum, also known as the Eastern Trout Lily. This variety of Dog's-tooth Violet is the one most commonly seen in the woodlands of eastern Canada and can be purchased (along with several other varieties including Erythonium 'Pagoda') from Cruickshanks at Indigo in Toronto. Their number is 1-800-665-5605 and they also have a wonderful catalogue!


Subject: RE: Dog-Tooth Violet
From: carmen
Zone: 8
Date: 19-Sep-01 01:31 AM EST

check out the site of Fraser's Thimble Farm on Saltspring Island in B.C.(they deliver worldwide) they have many different types of trillium, erythronium and hepatica as well. Actually anything native to North America.


Subject: RE: Dog-Tooth Violet
From: The Budding Poet
Zone: 5a
Date: 19-Sep-01 03:45 AM EST

Consider rescuing these wildflower gems if you fancy them. Here in the Ottawa area so many meadows, woodlands, wetlands are being bulldozed for box stores, housing , roads etc., some real beauties will be obliterated if they are not rescued.

Labor day weekend, out hiking with the dog and checking on some of the native orchids I stumbled into a fringe gentian meadow.

Thousands upon thousands of Gentianopsis crinita, perhaps one of the most beautiful, but rare and endangered native wildflowers were found thriving in an industrial area. Some of the most floriferous specimens, over fifty flowers per plant were growing less than three feet from where a backhoe had been operating. Hoards of 'Ladies tresses' orchids accompanied them. It was like entering a lost valley.

If we do not get out and find and rescue, or at least harvest and distribute the seeds of these beautiful gems, they could be lost to future generations.


Subject: RE: Dog-Tooth Violet
From: The Budding Poet
Zone: 5a
Date: 21-Sep-01 03:16 AM EST

I was told today by a sharp observer that his dog-tooth violets did not set seed this year most likely because of the dry spring. Has anybody else observed this phenomenon?


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