Lachenalia aloides

Mary Sue Ittner
Sat, 15 Mar 2003 20:54:36 PST
Dear All,

This afternoon when the sun finally came out after a couple of days and 
nights of rain I watched a hummingbird intent on pollinating my Lachenalia 

I think I mentioned that this plant was purchased for me by my husband when 
he was shopping at Trader Joes last year. It was growing in a small pot in 
what looked like peat moss and had only a common name on it. I transplanted 
it right away even though it was already blooming and it rewarded me by 
continuing to bloom. This year when it came up it seems to have split into 
many different bulbs so there were many flowering stalks. It looks like 
Lachenalia aloides to me. So using the Patty Colville convention I have 
been calling it affectionately Lachenalia aloides 'Trader Joes'. It looks a 
lot like Doug's Lachenalia aloides 'Pearsonii' so some of you who grow that 
variety can tell me if you think that is what this is.

I think Lachenalias are really hard to photograph because you really want 
to see the leaves and then it is hard to get all in focus and the picture 
ends up a strange shape. I really like the close-up my husband took of this 
plant. I am also really enjoying a Lachenalia aloides var. aurea grown from 
IBSA seed with golden-yellow flowers. When we get a picture that does it 
justice, I will post it.……

Mary Sue
Mary Sue Ittner
California's North Coast
Wet mild winters with occasional frost
Dry mild summers 

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