Ref Scilla Peruviana

Hugh Povey
Tue, 15 Feb 2005 09:32:32 PST
Dear Paul,
           Do you have a picture of your Harrisiana?
You say it is the same as the Hughii?
You mention 2 other forms which flower regularly when
the common species sometimes misses a year. Which 2?

Regards  Hugh 

 --- Paul Tyerman <> wrote: 
> At 02:02  15/02/05, you wrote:
> >Hi,
> >    as a new member of the group I have read with
> >interest many of the interesting discussions that
> are
> >to be had. Also so many new and interesting plants
> to
> >look at. I have a particular interest in Scilla
> >Peruviana and am interested to hear anyones
> experience
> >with the Elegans and Lutea or any other less common
> >varieties which seem to be almost impossible to
> come
> Hugh,
> I am unfamiliar with the 2 named varieties that you
> mention, but I do grow 
> the straight species, a pristine white bought as
> 'Alba' (I just love this, 
> very striking as it is just so pure a white when in
> flower) and var 
> Harrisiana (pink with a blue stripe down the centre
> of each flower..... 
> also known as Scilla hughii).  All do very well for
> me here in Canberra, 
> Australia, behaving basically as evergreen in some
> cases.  All flower each 
> year and both the white (definitely) and the pink (I
> think) set seed.  They 
> like lots of sun.
> One thing I noticed with var harrisiana is that it
> produces masses of tiny 
> bulblets along the roots, which worry the hell out
> of me! <grin>  I was 
> about to plant it into the ground until I saw this
> little "feature" and I 
> promptly decided that it would go into a bigger pot
> instead.  I would 
> imagine that it could become a prolific grower if
> every one of those 
> bulbils grew to maturity, and given how long their
> roots can become I would 
> imagine that they could cover some distance in
> spreading.
> Here, we get down to -8 or -9'C most winters with
> that amount of cold never 
> bothering the Scillar peruvianas, be they in the
> ground or in pots.  They 
> definitely like full sun, but with our amount of
> sunshine they don't mind 
> being in dappled shade here as well.
> I assume from the name that lutea is a yellow? 
> Didnt realise that they 
> came in a yellow.  So what is 'Elegans' like then? 
> Sounds like both of 
> them would be worthwhile trying to find seeds of as
> I find this species 
> just so satisfying as it flowers so well almost
> every year.  I find 
> ocassional years the straight species will
> completely skip flowering for no 
> known reason, although the other 2 forms flower
> religiously every year even 
> when the straight species skips flowering.
> Not sure if this will be of much help to you or not,
> but it gives you a 
> little info on some of the other forms at least.
> Cheers.
> Paul Tyerman
> Canberra, Australia.  USDA equivalent - Zone 8/9
> Growing.... Galanthus, Erythroniums, Fritillarias,
> Trilliums, Cyclamen, 
> Crocus, Cyrtanthus, Oxalis, Liliums, Hellebores,
> Aroids, Irises plus just 
> about anything else that doesn't move!!!!!
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