Dear All, Who in the group grows Babiana? There must be some people who grow this one. My Ortho book shows that it would do well in California and Oregon and be possible in Washington, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma and most of the South. We know some of you grow it in Australia too. I was interested in Rachel's comments about the trouble telling them apart. I have really struggled with some of the ones I grow that were grown from seed and are presumably a species. If I look in my books there are different descriptions for the same thing. I have found Babianas happier in the ground or a raised bed than in a container even though you read that they can be grown in containers. Some of them are a little too prolific however. On the other hand my Babiana curviscapa is very slow to increase. Every year I hope it will bloom when it isn't raining because I think it is so beautiful. Rain here sometimes wipes out the blooms. Babiana villosa is another stunner, especially the red one. I've not had luck with some of them I have grown from seed. Germination isn't the problem, but growing to blooming has been. The first time I grew them from seed I am sure I got blooms within a year, but I've never been able to duplicate that. I think they need deeper pots right away or maybe to be planted out. Some of them I have tried may have wanted less rain as well. In spite of that I have a number of them that bloom reliably every year. I have added quite a few pictures to the wiki page: http://pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswiki/index.php/… Some of them are plants I grow in my garden and some are of plants we saw in bloom in South Africa. There are also pictures there taken by Doug Westfall, Sheila Burrow, Lyn Edwards, Dirk Wallace, and Mary Wise. Check them out. Rachel, I have had a plant for a long time which blooms reliably in winter and smells like cinnamon and came to me as Babiana nana var. angustifolia. I have a picture of it on the wiki. Is this name correct or is it something else? There is a mention of it in Spring and Winter Flowering Bulbs of the Cape, but I haven't seen it mentioned any other place. I'd also like people to take a look at my species pictures on the wiki and see if anyone could identify them. Or could they be B. stricta hybrids? Also the plant I got as Babiana disticha doesn't have any yellow in it. One of my books says it can be without yellow and others that describe it as either yellow or marked with yellow. Does it look right? Anyone have any tips for photographing Babiana angustifolia? They always come out looking so dark and even if you lighten them the red that you can see when looking at them doesn't show in the picture. Thanks for any answers and I hope the others who grow Babiana will contribute to this TOW. Mary Sue Between rain storms where the Moraeas (Homeria group) are adding masses of color and where my first Calochortus venustus opened today and Geissorhiza monanthos and Lapeirousia corymbosa have been awesome and where I have five blooming pots of different Leucocorynes (yea summer in the greenhouse to help them bloom). Brodiaeas, Dichelostemmas, and Triteleias are also starting to bloom. Showers are forecast through Friday however.