Brodiaea 'Queen Fabiola'

Mary Sue Ittner
Tue, 21 Jan 2003 08:03:20 PST
Dear Diane,

Brodiaea 'Queen Fabiola' is really a selected form of Triteleia laxa. Most of us who try to separate the Brodiaeas from the Triteleias (they have been often put together in the past but there are differences that help distinguish them.) As I said in my Triteleia introduction, "Triteleia can be differentiated from Brodiaea by having dull instead of shiny or waxy tepals. It has 6 fertile stamens whereas Brodiaea usually has 3 fertile stamens and 3 staminodia (false stamens)." So I call this one Triteleia laxa 'Queen Fabiola'.

What is fascinating to me about your post is your statement that it never increases. I have some in the ground and some in containers because I usually give a lot of bulbs to our local native plant group for their sales and would rather dump the pots than dig them. In containers they increase like gang busters. But I'm not sure I have noticed that in the ground. Could they be getting themselves to a depth that is more to their liking?

I found both your post about your garden and Ernie's introduction really interesting and look forward to hearing what some of the rest of you in Oregon, Washington, and Canada have found can be grown successfully in the ground. Don't be shy. 

Mary Sue

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