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Q.I Am In The Dry Shuswap Area, BC. All Information About Dog Tooth Violets Says That The Bulbs Are Small. I Just Dug Up Some Of My

Zone Mountainside at 1500 ft (Lake at 500 ft =zone 5). Success here to zone 4. | Anonymous added on August 14, 2022 | Answered

Pagoda type, (yellow, nodding flowers.) The largest of these pointed bulbs are 3 inches long. Have I misidentified them ? Also my magnolia is flowering again, but it’s mid-August and we have a heatwave. Is this normal? Not happened before! I left the leaves on the Dog Tooth Violets until they went brown and during the summer have turned on a nearby weeping hose about once every 2 weeks. They are in part shade under herbaceous plants. Planted N.side of house.Temperatures have been up to 40C. I had 3 x1 inch long bulbs 3 years ago. Had to dig up to remove a noxious weed which infiltrated the patch. now replanting. Magnolia planted 4 years ago. Has 6 large flower buds for a second flowering in a mid-August heatwave with smoke from nearby wildfires.

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Answered on August 25, 2022

This can be normal, if you have the cultivar native to the North American continent rather than Europe. They tend to be larger. Technically, this will not be Erythronium albidium, but very similar. Similar enough to have the same care.


Your Magnolia flowering is likely caused by stress, or smoke damage. Whether it be heat, smoke, or a combination of that and other stresses, it is probably the reason for flowering again.


There is good news. according to sun cycles and past weather records, we are about to enter a "cool period" where we will experience lower than normal temperatures and wetter than normal conditions. Down much lower South of you... We have been seeing this for a few months, now.

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