pbs] Ferraria

Paul Licht plicht@berkeley.edu
Thu, 26 Aug 2010 19:09:16 PDT
I couldn't disagree more. Our F. crispa, at least the whiter ones, have 
an incredibly sweet fragrance of vanilla.

Paul Licht, Director
Univ. California Botanical Garden
200 Centennial Drive
Berkeley, CA 94720

On 8/26/2010 6:04 PM, Jane McGary wrote:
> Marguerite wrote
>> As I was sorting through the bulbs, I found a container of Ferraria 
>> crispa that I got from the BX several years ago.  It has never 
>> bloomed, but keeps throwing off bulbs.  I have had it in a ten inch 
>> wide and deep container and treat it like the other tender 
>> bulbs.(feed once lightly and start water when leaves show; water it 
>> modearatly until they die back, let it dry in summer.
>> Are there other tricks to make it perform?
> Actually, Marguerite, you're fortunate that it has not flowered. Of 
> all the bulbs I've ever grown, Ferraria crispa has the most offensive 
> odor. To me it's worse than some of the aroids that smell like manure 
> or carrion, because it's an awful smell that seems to have no cognate 
> in the rest of nature. I put up with it (in the solarium) for two 
> years and threw it away.
> Jane McGary
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