Jane McGary
Sat, 12 Sep 2009 10:11:53 PDT
Mary Sue wrote,

>Alessandro Marinello has uploaded pictures to the wiki of Vagaria
>ollivieri. He grows so many unusual bulbs. Can anyone provide us any
>information about this genus and species and how to grow it so we can add
>that information to the wiki?

First, the name: It is spelled olivieri, not ollivieri. That will 
help with a search!

This is in the Amaryllidaceae and comes from Morocco. The genus is 
closest to Pancratium, and includes four species, of which only V. 
parviflora was known to be in cultivation in the UK in the mid-1990s. 
I once obtained seed of V. olivieri but was not able to maintain the 
seedlings through the winter (although I grow a number of other North 
African geophytes in the frames). It requires a warm, dry summer 
dormancy to initiate flowering.

Jane McGary
Northwestern Oregon, USA 

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