Ornithogalum reverchonii

Jane McGary janemcgary@earthlink.net
Mon, 10 Mar 2008 10:56:42 PDT
Jim wrote,
>In the summer of 2005 Jane McGary sent me a bulb of Ornithogalum
>reverchonii. ... Yesterday I took a look, and there is a big inflorescence 
>on the way up! Photos suggest that this is among the most if not the very 
>most elegant of the Ornithogalum - Yippee!

This species, which is endangered in the wild owing to habitat loss, is a 
large plant with long, lax foliage, and the flowers are not as showy as one 
would hope after seeing the photos (Jim probably means the close-up in the 
Rix and Phillips "Bulbs" manual). Nevertheless, the flowers are unusual in 

I actually prefer the Ornithogalum species that flower right on the ground, 
stemless or nearly so. O. fimbriatum and O. lanceolatum are particularly 
pleasing, but they increase so slowly that I haven't tried them in the open 
garden yet.

Jane McGary
Northwestern Oregon, USA

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