Tecophilaea Grown in Chile?, was Re: Seed and Bulb Excanges

totototo@telus.net totototo@telus.net
Sat, 15 Jul 2006 10:37:06 PDT
On 14 Jul 06, at 10:28, Lee Poulsen wrote:

> ...Tecophilaea cyanocrocus... Osmani Baullosa, who lives in Chile, and
> has been offering a large number of spectacular native Chilean bulbs
> and other plants, cannot find or get hold of either seed or bulbs
> anywhere in his country. They are completely unavailable to him there.

A horticultural friend and her boat-oriented husband went to Chile 
some years ago for a sailing regatta. After she returned, in 
conversation I mentioned tecophilaea. Her reply was "oh, that blue 
thing they grow in the gardens in Santiago."

From what she said, tecophilaea is well known as a garden plant in 
Chile, at least among the more serious gardeners. Why Osmani Baullosa 
is unable to acquire any locally is a mystery to me. Is there perhaps 
another blue bulb that my friend mistook for tecophilaea?

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Maritime Zone 8, a cool Mediterranean climate

on beautiful Vancouver Island

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