Bellevalia webbiana

Alberto Castillo
Mon, 25 Apr 2011 17:53:10 PDT
Jane and Jim:
                    The question is that if the real webbiana is in cultivation. B. romana is offered in seed catalogues as B. hackellii and B. webbiana and it invariably turns to be romana.

> Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2011 17:29:16 -0700
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> Subject: [pbs] Bellevalia webbiana
> To reply to the question of the identity of Jim McKenney's photo of a 
> plant he is growing as Bellevalia webbiana, and which he presumably 
> bought from me, I can report that my plants under this name were 
> grown from Archibalds' seed no. 228.410, origin Italy. I would assume 
> that they verified the name. However, it's also possible that there 
> has been some mix-up, since Jim McKenney had the habit of ordering 
> one bulb each of just about everything on my list. I might have 
> grabbed the wrong bag of bulbs, or he might have put the label on the 
> wrong plant, or confusion may have entered somewhere else along the way.
> I can't check the plant against descriptions just now because most of 
> my Bellevalia species are not yet in flower in this very cold spring 
> season. The only one I see now is B. pycnantha -- the real thing, not 
> the Muscari some Dutch suppliers are sending out under that name.
> Jane McGary
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