New to wiki

Mary Sue Ittner
Sat, 26 Nov 2005 10:12:49 PST
Hi all,

In the past couple of weeks when I've had a few moments I've added to some 
of our wiki pages where there were few images. I thought I'd announce a few 
of these to the group in case some of you are curious.

Wurbea--This African genus has some really cool looking flowers, although 
they are not always pleasant to the nose. I've not had much luck 
germinating or growing these on, but found some of the ones we saw in the 
wild fascinating. Images courtesy of Cameron McMaster.…

Syringodea--This genus is related to Crocus and Romulea, two of my 
favorites. It is frequently (or maybe always) fall blooming. Images 
courtesy of Cameron McMaster. A lot of these look really similar to me from 
the photographs.…

Zigadenus--This is a North American genus that is spring blooming and I 
only just got around to adding more images of some we saw in the wild this 
year. It is poisonous and therefore probably not grown by many. Z. 
fremontii is a local species and those outside my deer fence never get 
eaten and they are in bloom such a long time and I think really attractive.…

Arthropodium--This is a Southern Hemisphere genus blooming in spring-summer 
so I'm a bit late adding them. I've only grown three species, one from New 
Zealand and two from Australia and they are of questionable hardiness. 
Flowers are not large in two of the species pictured, but still pretty when 
you look at them up close. Arthropodium milleflorum bloomed last May-June 
from a late September sowing. Plants I bought from Telos a number of years 
ago and planted out didn't bloom and didn't survive. It's possible my soil 
was just too dry for them in summer and in a container I can keep them 
watered through their growing period. The ones I grew from seed are in good 
growth again. Arthropodium strictum (used to be Dichopogon) also can be 
grown to flowering in a year or two. I'm trying it in one of my raised beds 
that I redid this year and along with some other unusual things to test out 
their survival for leaving in a pot in place in the bed undisturbed for a 
couple of years. I really think these last two might be more attractive in 
the grown growing through low shrubs for support, but am not sure they 
would be perennial for me. On the other hand A. cirrhatum in the ground is 
carefree except for snail patrol.…

Mary Sue

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