Tigridia orthantha - phantom flowers

Brian Whyer brian.whyer@btinternet.com
Sat, 10 Sep 2011 04:18:59 PDT

When I acquired this a few years ago it flowered for several weeks during late summer. Single successive flowers. Since I have had no flowers, until this year. (Bulbs not big enough I was told by a nursery)
But as each flower has tried to emerge a twisted up bud has very slowly made its way half out, never acftually opening before giving up the struggle. Now a side shoot has grown and the bud is on the end of an inch or so stem, with a flower that looked as it was actually going to make it; but no, over again this morning. That is 5 phantoms and another just showing I see.
On the assumption it is not flowering at night this time, what is going on? We are currently having a lot of quite dull weather, rain some days, sun others, temp. today warm at 21C.
Brian Whyer, Buckinghamshire, England, zone ~8 ish

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