> >Brodiaea howellii (which has some other name now) occurs only at one site on >Vancouver Island, according to my botanical friends. I collected a few tiny >bulbs from that site many years ago and (foolishly, as it happened) planted >them in a raised bulb bed. > >Over the years, very few flower stems have formed, none have set seed, but >underground the soil is filled for several feet in all directions >with offsets >formed at the ends of stolons or rhizomes. > >No DNA analysis to confirm my suspicion, but the behavior strongly suggests >I've got a sterile triploid form. Roger, One of the Scilla peruviana (var harrisiana I think?) produces offset bulbils all along the roots, unlike the other varieties I have seen. It flowers too, just as well as the straight species, but it is never going into the ground for me because it would become a weed pretty quickly here I'd imagine. Cheers. Paul T. 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!!