ID Needed & Habranthus Questions

Jim McKenney
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:53:27 PDT
Until I read Pamela's post, I had never heard of Habranthus 'Amazing Jumbo'. 

A couple of years ago I posted a query to the group about a huge Habranthus I purchased from a local horticultural organization as H. robustus. Robust it certainly is: my plant bears flowers fully eight inches across! I thought I posted a picture on the mystery bulb page, but if I did it's not there now. Nor did anyone at the time have any idea what it might be. 

Later I questioned the staff at the place where I purchased it: no one there had any ideas about it. 

Pamela's plant does not look exactly like mine, but that might be due to the heat. 

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7

On Friday, July 25, 2014 7:35 PM, Pamela Slate <> wrote:

I'd really appreciate an ID for this bulb that looks and acts like
Habranthus sp.…

The bulbs started flowering after the temperatures here hit 105+ degrees F.
and humidity rose. Other Habranthus that have been blooming over this
summer include H. magnoi, H. robustus, H. tubispathus, H. brachyandrus, H
'Cherry Pink' and H. 'Amazing Jumbo,' that all provide predictable relief
in our extreme summers.

Does anyone know the history of H.'Amazing Jumbo'? Mine were purchased from
a Florida nursery now out of business.

Thanks much,
P Slate

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