A mystery solved, sort of - Sternbergia colchiciflora

Brian Whyer brian.whyer@btinternet.com
Fri, 02 Feb 2007 09:27:33 PST
> "I also have a mystery - for the last two years I have had 3 bulbs of
> Sternbergia colchiciflora that are large and healthy and have set seed
> year.  But I have never seen a flower!  I am always looking for flowers
> never find them, but a month or two later a really large seed pod appears
> each plant.  Any idea what is going on?"

Certainly some frits. Try to flower on "very" short stems if they are kept
too dry over winter, presumably they have not formed a proper root system
and cannot get enough water. Then there is scilla mistchschenkoana which
flowers as it emerges; this too if kept dry in a forgotten pot, is in flower
underground, but with a multihead stem you don't notice the loss of the
first flower.

Brian Whyer, Buckinghamshire, England, zone ~8, but no longer relevant.
Large flowered clematis about to open above the snowdrops aconites and

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