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Toad Lily virus


By meanie


Over the moon this morning to find that my final Toad Lily (Raspberry Mousse) had bloomed! So there I was posting a photo of my latest lovely when I realised that I didn’t know if it was T.hirta or T.formasona. Quick google and this is what I came up with this!!

click here for the link to the article of interest

Now I’m a little peed off to say the least!
As it has been in a pot awaiting the new bed to be finished (well started actually), there’s no risk of contamination through the soil. Also, having opened up overnight during the rain I’m hoping that there should be no airborne contamination either.
So I guess that I have two options:
1. Burn it
2. Take it in to work were it will be isolated on an industrial estate.

My gut feeling is that it’ll be option 1, but it’ll come into work today whilst I think about it.

So this is a registered (in the US at least) cultivar, yet also a potential carrier of doom and gloom. How on earth are we supposed to win?

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o dear poor you ............. to do or not to do that is the ?. the flower is so pretty

23 Sep, 2010


That link gives extremely interesting information, Meanie, my 'Dark Beauty's' mentioned there :-(((
I think i'd take it into work, if i was you.
I'll watch mine and see if it appears :-/

23 Sep, 2010


The trouble is from my reading is that another cultivar has contracted the virus, come out with these markings, and then been registered as a new cultivar.

23 Sep, 2010


Yes, i agree.

23 Sep, 2010


I've been thinking - a quick search on Google shows them to be readily available. Indeed, the nursery where I bought it sold out very quickly apparently (I spoke to them about it today, they'll not be re-ordering), so the virus is now out there.
I guess that I still have to burn it though don't I!?

23 Sep, 2010


Unless you keep it at work, where they'll be no others nearby.

23 Sep, 2010


The red Californian Poppies that were isolated over there came true to type this year
From the moral point of view, I should dispose of it. But as I said, there are plenty out there already, so the cat has been let out of the bag.
Plus, I do have an ideal spot for it at work..

23 Sep, 2010


What a shame. It's such an interesting flower. I have the ordinary one. It's nice to get something unusual. I'm sorry to hear you may have to get rid of it.

23 Sep, 2010


I guess some things are too good to be true!

23 Sep, 2010


I understand what you are saying but some tulips are grown because of virus break arnt they? Many cultivars are mutations and are acceptable.

I find it worrying that viruses are automatically designated as 'evil', perhaps they are part of the driving force of evolution.

24 Sep, 2010


I hear what you say SBG, but (from reading the article, see sixth paragraph) my understanding is that this virus can spread between plants. All three of my Tricyrtis are quite different, my "Taiwan Adbane" has very sparse "spots", and so I for one would not want the heavy mottling running through it.
Thanks for your response though - I always welcome the thoughts of others.

25 Sep, 2010


I did read the full article :o) and I wonder how the horticulturalists/scientists are going to assess this. I wonder if the RHS are looking into it. I know what you mean though, it would be a shame to lose the beautiful white forms. Certainly soething to keep an eye on as I have several darker forms.

25 Sep, 2010


I think that for me it's the mottled forms that I'll be a little wary of.

26 Sep, 2010

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