More photos on the wiki

Mary Sue Ittner
Sat, 20 Mar 2004 07:48:45 PST
Dear Lee,

I enjoyed looking at your pictures. You can never see too many variants of 
Moraea villosa in my mind. I just added this sentence to the wiki. "It can 
be purple, lilac, sometimes pink or orange or even cream or white with 
yellow nectar guides on the outer tepals outlined in broad bands of dark 
color." So I think your unknown is a villosa. I suppose a lot of the ones 
pictured on our page could be hybrids too. 'Zoe' probably is. I've turned 
that one around successfully (purchased from Bill Dijk in Pasadena) and it 
is blooming right now and looking great! I don't know anyone who grows that 
orange one pictured in the Moraea book, but it would make anyone's favorite 
list I'd think.

I also added a darker purple villosa to the wiki we saw at Gordon 
Summerfield's in South Africa. Bob took one picture head on and I thought 
at first it was a different version of M. loubseri, but it had this yellow 
band so that didn't seem right and then I saw another picture that made it 
clear what it was.

I also added a picture of M. lugubris we saw at Gordon's if anyone wants to 
see what it looks like.


I am finding Moraea aristata is naturalizing in my garden. It is appearing 
in all sorts of spots. I had a conversation with Mary Stobie in South 
Africa about her efforts to protect this species, only now found in South 
Africa on the Observatory grounds. She couldn't plant any other Moraeas 
there so as not to disturb the gene pool. So far the ones appearing in my 
garden all look the same, but I suppose that could change.

I didn't find your new Sprekelia on the Sprekelia page so suspect you 
forgot to add it.

Mary Sue

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