Thanks Paul T. We are hotter and dryer here in summer where I live and my lone bulb seems to like that though I do give it water regularly. I agree about the foliage. I do grow the same as you and lots of South African bulbs - though not much success with liliums - too hot. Joy -----Original Message----- From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Paul T. Sent: Sunday, 3 February 2013 7:41 PM To: Pacific Bulb Society Subject: Re: [pbs] merwilla krausii At 07:07 PM 3/02/2013, you wrote: >Does anyone have information on this bulb. >That is the name - merwilla krausii - on the tag from when I bought it. >It is definitely not scilla natalensis as listed on the pbs photograph site. > >It is mid summer here in Melbourne Australia and this bulb is about to >flower - about 30cm/6 ins high purplish stem and leaves and blue flower. >It does not seem to multiply or set seed - but I only have one bulb. Joy, Give it time, mine multiplies fairly well now, although not prolifically. I just love it, particularly when the almost black new foliage emerges. I don't recall mine flowering at this time of year though. Cheers. Paul T. Canberra, Australia - USDA Zone Equivalent approx. 8/9 Min winter temp -8 or -9°C. Max summer temp 40°C. Thankfully, maybe once or twice a year only. Growing an eclectic collection of plants from all over the world including Aroids, Crocus, Cyclamen, Erythroniums, Fritillarias, Galanthus, Terrestrial Orchids, Irises, Liliums, Trilliums (to name but a few) and just about anything else that doesn't move!!