I grow most of the yellow Nothoscordums, it's species sometimes floating between Nothoscordum and Ipheion. Many came to me from Texas bulb expert Thad Howard, who got many of his Nothoscordums from Alberto Castillo. The delightful dwarf yellow Nothoscordum species that I grow include N. montevidense (small picture at my homepage http://www.plantbuzz.com/), minarum, ostenii, dialystemon, sellowianum, hirtellum, and felipponei; some of these sometimes showing up as Ipheion. I think they are more like Nothoscordum than Ipheion, just a personal opinion. I put my pots out during the summer, exposed to sun, rainfall and watering, which they seem to benefit from. In fact, N. montevidense has recently reawaken and started flowering already with it's little yellow cups on 3-4" stems... an "early starter", as it's dormancy is very short. In autumn the plant blooms heavily, as it does on my warm windowsill for the winter. All of these tender Northoscordum species come indoors for our New England weather, and serve as nice sunny-windowsill houseplants, with bright, sweetly scented blooms in the winter. N. montevidense blooms again in the spring... almost a 3-season species, blooming fall, winter, and spring! As Alberto Castillo expressed, these Nothoscordums experience a very short rest, but grow and flower much of the year. Contrary to what Alberto reports, I do frequently get seed of N. montevidense, even indoors over the winter, as well as seed of N. sellowianum & felipponei. Seedlings have resulted in plants similar to the parents. These are easy to grow "delights" that should be sought after. In warmer Zone 8 or 9 climates, these plants might prove hardy. In New England they are certainly best regarded as "tender bulbs" and wintered in a warm house or better yet; in a cool greenhouse. Mark McDonough Pepperell, Massachusetts, United States firstname.lastname@example.org "New England" USDA Zone 5 ============================================== >> web site under construction - http://www.plantbuzz.com/ << alliums, bulbs, penstemons, hardy hibiscus, western american alpines, iris, plants of all types!