Lovely Ledebouria

J.E. Shields
Wed, 11 Feb 2004 06:56:24 PST
Hi Michael,

My Ledebouria hypoxidoides have bloomed every season for several years, but 
have never set any seed.  They bloom in summer here, and they are always 
outdoors in the open air when they bloom.  Does anyone know what their 
natural pollinators are in habitat?  My guess would be very small gnats of 
some sort, probably ones that are missing here.

My only other Ledebouria species is L. cooperi, which has never 
bloomed.  Are there clones of L. cooperi that will flower?  Maybe I could 
trade some non-flowering for one that blooms?

Jim Shields
in central Indiana (USA)

At 09:30 AM 2/11/2004 -0500, Michael wrote:
>Does anyone know if Ledebouria is self-fertile? I know that it must be
>somewhat self fertile because of past experience, but I am looking to 
>pollinate my
>L. galpinii and only one is presently spiking. I've gotten L. socialis and
>Masara's Drimia (I think it's a
>Ledebouria) species ex. Somalia both to produce a pittance of seed on their
>own volition.
>As far as pollen production and stigma receptivity, and fertilization; which
>comes first the chicken or the egg?  I've had a blasted time with my
>Veltheimia seed production this year.  NOT ONE capsule has formed thus 
>far.  Perhaps it
>is the same for all Hyacinthaceae?

Jim Shields             USDA Zone 5             Shields Gardens, Ltd.
P.O. Box 92              WWW:
Westfield, Indiana 46074, USA
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