Tulbaghia corninisii

Paul Tyerman ptyerman@ozemail.com.au
Thu, 15 Aug 2002 04:46:13 PDT
Howdy All,

I am hoping that someone can provide some help with this.  A local
catalogue is offering Tulbaghia 'Highland Wonder' (Tulbaghia corninisii)
with a rather interesting picture of heads of pendulous orange, tipped with
yellow, in grey sepals.  The flower looks more like what I would associate
with an Echeveria (succulent) rather than a Tulbaghia.

Its description is as follows.....
"Orange stars of this unusual bush contrast well with the glossy green
foliage, and can be enjoyed from spring to autumn.  These plants require
minimum care and maximum sunshine.  Theplants are small which makes them
well suited to edges, rockeries and pots.  Rare and quaint, they create
interest and curiosity in the garden."

So my question..... are these actually a Tulbaghia?  Given how much it
looks like an Echeveria and given that I have seen mislabelled plants in
this catalogue before, has anyone actually heard of this plant before?  I
have checked reference books and cannot find the species name, nor can I
get a match on Google.  I'm hoping that someone out there knows what this
actually may be, and hopefully the correct spelling of the species name.

I do not know for sure whether this is a bulb or perennial.  Tulbaghias
often seem to be categorised as either, with some of them being a sort of
swollen based perennial.  Therefore, I don't think that this question is
off topic for the list.

Does anyone have any further information/correction to this species?

Thanks in anticipation.


Paul Tyerman
Canberra, Australia.  USDA equivalent - Zone 8/9

Growing.... Galanthus, Erythroniums, Fritillarias, Cyclamen, Crocus,
Cyrtanthus, Liliums, Hellebores, Aroids, Irises plus just about anything
else that doesn't move!!!!!

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