Oxalis inaequalis and Moraea elegans

Hugh Povey hpovey@talk21.com
Mon, 28 Feb 2005 06:29:35 PST
Dear All,
           doe sanyone know where I can locate a bulb
of Scilla Maderensis? It seems a stunning flower but
no-one appears to be able to supply any.

Thanks  Hugh

 --- Mary Sue Ittner <msittner@mcn.org> wrote: 
> Dear Liz & All,
> I've grown Oxalis inaequalis from Telos too and was
> amazed at how such a 
> tiny plant could produce such a large flower. This
> species has not been one 
> that has increased for me just going to show how
> they all aren't weedy. In 
> fact each year I had fewer and I think it's gone now
> so will be interested 
> in hearing how yours does.
> A surprising discovery for me this week in a very
> deep pot of Oxalis hirta 
> (no longer blooming, but leaves are still green) was
> a Moraea elegans, syn. 
> Homeria elegans, in bloom. Now how in the world did
> it get in that pot? 
> I've had a very poor history of germinating,
> growing, blooming this species 
> and doubted I had any left. The orange and yellow
> one that I thought was so 
> pretty hasn't to my knowledge bloomed again and if
> it is still with me it 
> is in one of my raised beds. I've never flowered one
> that looked like this 
> one either.
> Moraea elegans (syn. Homeria elegans) is a member of
> the Homeria group with 
> a habitat on clay slopes in the southwestern Cape,
> blooming late winter, 
> early spring. It is a very striking species, but one
> I have found hard to 
> keep going in cultivation. Photos by Mary Sue Ittner
> of two different color 
> varieties. 
> Mary Sue
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