Howdy All, Thank you all so much for the responses. I can pretty much certainly say now that the plant in question IS Aristea ecklonii. Having now had 2 of your provide descriptions that specifically mention the flattened or winged stems it is just too significant to be missed. Also the description of palest china blue does definitely NOT apply to these flowers, they are a strong blue with a hint of mauve to them.... almost an iridescent blue and similar in strength to the picture Mary Sue provided. So thank you all for the responses. It is great to have this list as a facility for tracking down things like this, as the reference books are not always the easiest things to work from (plus I have a lot of reference books, but none that were specific enough in this case to be sure). Thanks again peoples!! Cheers. Paul Tyerman Canberra, Australia. USDA equivalent - Zone 8/9 mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org Growing.... Galanthus, Erythroniums, Fritillarias, Cyclamen, Crocus, Cyrtanthus, Oxalis, Liliums, Hellebores, Aroids, Irises plus just about anything else that doesn't move!!!!!