Bulbils on the roots?

Paul Tyerman ptyerman@ozemail.com.au
Fri, 24 Aug 2007 22:24:35 PDT
>Mystery bulb time. I have just knocked out a choked pot of bulbs, thinking
>it was the same as the Scilla peruviana which I am splitting up. Hardy - it


What I have as Scilla peruviana var harrisiana does exactly 
this.  The flowers are a "murky" blend of pink and blue, muted in 
colour but I still quite like them.  Surprised the daylights out of 
me when I repotted it and found the bulbils you describe along the 
roots.  Not putting it in the ground for that reason! LOL  I have 
seen this variety discussed as to whether it is or is not Scilla 
hughii (as Diana mentioned) and I was never able to work out if/what 
the actual differences are.  It looks to all intents like a colour 
form of peruviana, except that the bulbils form on the roots, 
something that has never happened for me on any of the others.  I 
keep mine under the name harrisiana as that is what I received it as, 
but it sort of sounds like hughii may be very similar if not the same thing.

That any help?


Paul Tyerman
Canberra, Australia - USDA Zone Equivalent approx. 8/9

Growing an eclectic collection of plants from all over the world 
including Aroids, Crocus, Cyclamen, Erythroniums, Fritillarias, 
Galanthus, Irises, Trilliums (to name but a few) and just about 
anything else that doesn't move!! 

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