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Rahmlow, H. J. (ed.) / Wisconsin horticulture
Vol. XXX (September 1939/July-August 1940)

Wisconsin horticulture, vol. 30, no. 7: March, 1940,   pp. [177]-208

Page 204

T HE following in condensed 
   form, is the present Wisconsin 
law protecting wild flowers. 
  Any person who shall wilfully 
cut, root up, injure, destroy, re- 
move or carry away from public 
property or public waters, or 
from the property of another, 
without the written permission of 
the owner, any American lotus, 
trailing arbutus, any species of 
ladyslipper or any member of the 
orchid family, trillium, American 
bittersweet, pitcher plant, or wood 
lily, is subject to a fine or impris- 
  This law shall not prevent li- 
censed nurserymen from selling 
or otherwise disposing of any of 
said plants or parts thereof, 
when the plants have been offi- 
cially inspected and certified by 
the State, and to which there has 
been attached a proper nursery 
     An Error in the Law 
  It is interesting to note that 
there is some confusion in the 
naming of the lilies which should 
be protected. In paragraph (2) 
of Chapter 343.442 the law states 
-"or any American bittersweet 
or any   pitcher-plants (Turk's 
caps) or any wood lilies." A little 
further on the names are repeated 
as follows: "American bitter- 
sweet, Turk's caps or wood lilies." 
  In the first statement it looks 
as if Turk's caps refers to the 
name pitcher plants, while in the 
second statement it looks as if 
Turk's caps and wood lilies are 
the same, which is not the case. 
  The term Turk's cap lily is us- 
ually applied to either Lilium su- 
perbum, Lilium martagon, Lilium 
chalcedonicum, or Lilium pyren- 
acium. Wood lily is a term com- 
monly applied to Lilium philadel- 
phicum. The latter has erect cup- 
shaped flowers of orange shading 
to scarlet. It is not a Turk's cap 
lily. The law, of course, will have 
to be changed and clarified. It 
illustrates how easy it is to be- 
come confused when common 
names are used for plants instead 
of the universally recognized sci- 
entific names. 
   not have your garden club 
study wild flowers at one of your 
spring meetings? Perhaps these 
thought-provoking questions may 
help plan a program: 
  1. What wildlings are native to 
our region? How are they repro- 
  2. Which ones are protected by 
law? Why? 
  3. How may wild flowers be 
happy in my yard? 
  4. How may I obtain them? 
  5. What other sections of Wis- 
consin have different species? 
  6. How may we interest our 
own boys and girls in the love of 
our native plants? 
  As we learn about our plants 
we appreciate them more. Won't 
you help make our Wisconsin 
Gardeners "native   plant con- 
scious ?" We do not destroy what 
we have learned to appreciate. 
  A  splendid article on Wild 
Flowers by Mrs. E. J. Kallevang 
of Madison will appear in the 
April issue of Horticulture. In 
May we shall be privileged to 
read excerpts from Dr. Fassett's 
book (not yet from the publish- 
ers) on "Ferns." 
  Mrs. R. C. Klussendorf, State 
Program Chm. 
Wisconsin Wild Flowers 
M   ARCH    is the month in 
     which to plant tuberous be- 
gonia bulbs. If they are planted 
at once, they should be ready to 
bloom in May, and we will then 
have  these  beautiful flowers 
every day until frost. Of course 
the bulbs may be planted at any 
time, but a delay in planting 
means a delay in blooming. 
  The bulbs should be planted 
in flats or pots in regular flor- 
ists soil. If you do not have good 
soil, we suggest you purchase 
some from your local florist or 
  Cover the bulbs with not over 
one-half inch of soil. To deter- 
mine which side of the bulb is 
the top, look for the old stem 
from which the shoot was broken 
last year. Keep well watered and 
at a medium temperature. The 
green leaves will appear in from 
two to three weeks and so until 
that time the plants need not have 
any light, but as soon as the 
leaves appear they should be 
placed in a lighted window. Dur- 
ing the spring months when it is 
cool, sunlight will be beneficial, 
but not during the hot months of 
mid-summer   when the plants 
must have shade. 
  Look for ads in this issue for 
tuberous rooted begonia bulbs f',, 
  State Stations WHA-WLBL 
Tuesday, March 12-Concerning 
  Garden Clubs. Mrs. R. C. Klus- 
  sendorf, Madison. 
Tuesday, March 19-Newer An- 
  nuals for 1940. H. J. Rahmlow, 
Tuesday, March 26-Herbs for 
  Your Garden. Mr. and Mrs. W. 
  A. Toole, Baraboo. 
Tuesday, April 2-Hardy Bou- 
  quets for Early Spring. L. G. 
  Holmes, Madison. 
Tuesday, April 9-Gourds Grow 
  in Favor. The Edgerton Gar- 
  den Club. 
March, 1940 

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