More Bob Werra Moraea pictures

Mary Sue Ittner
Mon, 28 Mar 2005 18:21:27 PST

I have added some more Moraea pictures from Bob Werra to the wiki. He 
obviously had a good month bloom wise in March as did Jana Ulmer, who also 
lives in Northern California and got several species to bloom for the first 
time this year from seed Bob Werra had shared. I find it interesting that 
the ones I succeed with are different than the ones they succeed with. Even 
though we live about two hours apart, they both have hotter summers, colder 
winters, and I expect a bit less rain. Looking at Bob's pictures I am 
reminded why when I was first interested in South African bulbs these were 
the ones I wanted to have. Finding that they didn't always bloom or even 
appear and then didn't bloom for long has meant that other more reliable 
plants have caught my eye. I still think they are one of nature's 
masterpieces however and when they decide to bloom I am enchanted all over 

Here are new pictures to look at:…

I added a picture of Moraea aristata growing in the ground. I counted more 
than 90 blossoms opened two different days last week. It is all over my 
garden, but not overcrowding other plants. Jana says this one doesn't do as 
well for her. Speaking of Moraea aristata, I think the pictures Arnold 
added of this species could be hybrids. I'm not sure this species normally 
has those speckles, but M. atropunctata does and it blooms about the same 
time in my garden so could easily end up in the mix. I added three pictures 
of that species (M. atropunctata) from Bob Werra. We already had some nice 
pictures on the wiki, but one of his gives you an idea of the size and the 
other two were so nice.

Another new species added and one of Bob Werra's favorites he said is 
Moraea barnardii. Now I feel doubly sad more of the seed I sowed of that 
one didn't come up. Also new and added from  Bob and Jana (first time from 
seed for her) was Moraea calcicola. There were a couple of pictures added 
of Moraea ciliata showy the hairy leaves and Moraea fugax. Another new one 
illustrated from Bob is Moraea fergusoniae. I added a picture from him of 
M. gawleri and pictures of Moraea macronyx which he says like M. ciliata 
increases by small cormlets so that a colony is soon formed.

I still have a few more to add in the latter part of the alphabet and some 
other genera too when I get a chance. I hope you all enjoy these pictures. 
Since he often manages a black background it makes it easy to downsize the 
images without having to compress too much. I had to compress my Moraea 
aristata mass picture quite a lot since there was so much detail in the 

Mary Sue

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