Scilla natalensis

Paul Tyerman
Thu, 27 Mar 2003 21:21:43 PST
Mary Sue,

Addressing a couple of your summary comments/questions....

From memory they flower here in Spring/Early summer, but they are in growth
from Autumn through until just after flowering.  They are dormant from
memory throughout the heat of summer when they get their baking, but are
shooting around now I think.  I know the cycle of Scilla peruviana which is
similar in many ways, but it actually tends to be basically evergreen here,
sending up its new growth as the old growth is finally dying off (teh
Scilla peruviana have just sent up their new leaves in the last few weeks,
and I think that natalensis will be doing so soon if not already?)....
whereas I think that the Scilla natalensis does have a definite dormancy
here (well it is definitely dormant in my pot anyway).  I received my bulbs
last year from Lyn E, so perhaps she would know more from her experience of
them as she has had them for longer?  They definitely grow throughout
winter here then flower before dying back, rather than growing throughout
summer as you mentioned in your summary.

So... does that muddy the water a bit more? <grin>


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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