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Calochortus: Mariposa Lilies and their Relatives Hardcover – Illustrated, July 1, 2007
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“Ron Parson’s color photographs alone make a compelling case for how captivating Calochortus members can be. But the passion he and co-author Mary E. Gerritsen have for this bulbous wildflowers shines through in their writing as well.” —American Gardener
“A botanist’s treasure. . . . a truly complete treatise on the subject.” —Gardener’s Gazette
“A dream book for botanists. Like many Timber Press books focusing on certain genera of plants, it is an in-depth look at the classification, history and distribution of the plants. What makes this a great book for gardeners as well are the cultural tips for each species. . . . The photographs are wonderful.” —Explorer
“Even beginning gardeners will appreciate the inspiring photographs, growing tips, and source guide.” —Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“This beautiful and informative handbook describes the species, phylogenetic approaches to its classification, its history, and its horticulture. . . . Illustrated with Parson’s superb photos of the flowers, both the individual blooms and in their native habitat.” —SciTech Book News
“Simply splendid. The photography of this unique genus is among the best I have seen and provides astounding detail to help identify the different species.” —Victorville Daily Press
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Calochortus are incredibly easy to grow in dry meadows in the American West: I purchased hundreds of the cheaply produced species cranked out by the Dutch (speciosus, venustus, luteus etc.) They give me great delight. Needless to say, I had to buy this book, which caused me to buy twenty more different kinds this past fall. The text guided me as to which were the likeliest to succeed and how I might best succeed with them.
I have no doubt that this book will remain the enduring classic on the genus for many years to come.