Ipheion uniflorum

Lee Poulsen wpoulsen@pacbell.net
Wed, 25 Jan 2012 09:54:30 PST
So the yellow-flowered "Ipheions" are really Nothoscordums and the blue-to-white flowered "Ipheions" are really Tristagmas?

Does this mean there are no Ipheions?

In my climate 400+ miles south of Mary Sue, both Rolf Fiedler and Jesse bloom reliably every winter. They definitely behave somewhat differently than the uniflorum varieties. 

So Alberto, if the Wisley Blue, simple white, purple, and pinkish varieties are Tristagma uniflorum, and the Rolf Fiedler and Jesse varieties are Tristagma peregrinans, what species is your namesake "Ipheion" 'Alberto Castillo'? For me, it is much much more vigorous than any of the other uniflorums, and doesn't look anything like the peregrinans varieties in either leaf or flower, and it has those pretty, more-blue-than-green leaves. It's as if it were yet another Tristagma species. Is it?

--Lee Poulsen
Pasadena, California, USA - USDA Zone 10a
Latitude 34°N, Altitude 1150 ft/350 m

On Jan 25, 2012, at 7:15 AM, Mary Sue Ittner wrote:

> I'm not sure when I last asked this, but I see that the Plant list 
> and Kew now consider Ipheion uniflorum to be a synonym of Tristagma 
> uniflorum. Ipheion is one of those generas that makes working on the 
> wiki  a challenge and makes gardeners who just want to have a name 
> for their plants unhappy with taxonomists. Just look at this list of 
> all the names of a plant that most of us know as Ipheion uniflorum 
> has been known by:
> http://www.theplantlist.org/tpl/record/kew-290463/
> Perhaps Alberto can tell us what they are calling it in Argentina and 
> Uruguay these days. Should we be moving all the Ipheion photos to 
> other wiki pages and just leaving synonyms? A number of people over 
> the years have written about 'Jesse' on this list and they have all 
> referred to it as a cultivar of uniflorum, but looking on the wiki 
> the flower does look just like 'Rolf Fiedler'. Alberto, is there a 
> species name for 'Rolf Fiedler' that people agree on yet? I'm glad to 
> know about the origin of Jesse and after we learn more, we can change 
> it on the wiki. That it is probably the same species as 'Rolf 
> Fiedler' helps explain to me why it behaves the same for me in my 
> garden. Neither one is reliable bloomer like the plants I grow known 
> as Ipheion uniflorum. I've seen both bloom and the blue is very 
> beautiful, but they rarely bloom for me.

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