Ornithogalum ponticum

Jane McGary janemcgary@earthlink.net
Fri, 26 Mar 2004 09:12:54 PST
Jim Waddick wrote,
>         A few years ago I bought a few bulbs [of Ornithogalum ponticum] 
> from Janis Ruksans and they have done well. In his newest catalog he 
> mentions it growing in forests, but a picture looks like full sun. Does 
> anyone have experience with the species? Should I move it into some shade?

I have been growing the same plant (the clone 'Sochi') for some years in a 
raised bed in full sun. It flowers very late. It does not increase much 
vegetatively, nor set seed. In appearance it is virtually identical to O. 
narbonense, which increases more rapidly.

I expect Janis grows it in full sun because he is so much farther north 
than its native region. My climate is about the same as the Pontic region. 
If it is doing well where Jim has it, I would leave it there -- "Don't fix 
it if it ain't broke."

Jane McGary
Northwestern Oregon

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