Nothoscordum inodorum
Sun, 09 Jan 2005 13:38:17 PST
Since I was given a nothoscordum collection some years ago, I still have many 
of them, even though I don't have a greenhouse.  I winter them over inside 
squeezed onto a small windowsill, and some pots I've moved to my office 
windowsill at work.  Of course, the delightful & desirable miniature yellow-flowered 
species (with fragrant flowers too), are species such as N. montevidense.  

I also have one pot with Nothoscordum inodorum (the ~bad~ one).  I've always 
been amused by the name, considering the fact the flowers are intensely sweet, 
but the "inodorum" part refers to the fact the plant is lacking an alliaceous 
odor, distinguishing it from the closely akin genus Allium.  I also had N. 
nocturnum (or N. inodorum var. nocturnum), which is very similar to the type 
inodorum, except the flowers are crepuscular (opening at dusk), and also 
intensely fragrant.  Only had one flower stem last year.  Not sure if I still have it, 
it might be on my office windowsill... will check tomorrow when I'm at work.

If you want a "safer" plant to grow (not invasive), that also has a 
powerfully sweet perfume and is easily grown, try Tulbaghia simmleri (T. fragrans).  
For years I grew it in my office, and it would bloom for weeks and even a single 
small flower can fill the room with fragrance.  Last year it died after 
flowering, not sure why but I think I didn't water it enough... sheer neglect on my 

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