European Romuleas
Fri, 11 Mar 2011 09:55:12 PST
 Hi all,
I do not believe I have any Romuleas, and would like to try some seeds, if somebody has a few to share? I don't care about species, but would prefer that they at least be identified. 
Thanks, Jude




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From: Jane McGary <>
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Sent: Fri, Mar 11, 2011 11:43 am
Subject: Re: [pbs] European Romuleas

Mary Sue wrote, 
>Angelo says these plants are instead Romulea ramiflora which has a >rather wide distribution in Spain, Portugal, France, Italy and >Greece. Since one of the photos on the wiki showed the back of the >tepals and the bracts (often an important identification feature of >Romulea species)  and since he has the key (in Italian that he can >read) he can confirm what they are. 
Would Angelo be able to post the key or a link to it on the wiki or on this list? I have quite a number of European Romulea species in the bulb house, grown from seed from various sources under various names, and I would like to confirm (or disconfirm) their identity. 
People rarely think of growing European romuleas because they're little and don't make much of a splash, but grouped closely they're pretty, and nothing could be easier from seed. I used to have a strain of Romulea bulbocodium called 'Knightshayes Form' that was quite showy, brilliant purple and rather large-flowered, but I put it in the garden where it promptly was eaten by voles. I'd be glad to get it again if possible. 
Most of these species are purple (often with brownish stripes) or white, but there is one golden yellow one, R. crocea. It's in flower here now. When I had it in a pot the relatively large flowers were held several inches above the soil surface on stems that tended to flop, but now that it's planted in a raised bed they opened almost at ground level, which is something that pleases the alpine gardener if not every gardener. 
Jane McGary 
Portland, Oregon, USA 
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