The flowering of Dichelostemma volubile here this year was one of the highlights of the bulb year. This bizarre plant is already well represented on the wiki, but I've added one more image which shows the above ground parts of the plant. I apologize for the image - it's frankly grim, but it does accomplish its purpose. The light has been giving me a fit today; I may replace this image with a better one later. Take a look at: http://pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswiki/index.php/… The plant which grows here is in a pot near a wall, and the inflorescence snaked itself very dodder-like up 47 inches into the vines on the house wall. When the scape was only about half that height, I accidentally bent it and at first thought I had severed it. But a tiny bit was still connected, and having read that even a severed scape will still lengthen and bloom, I carefully put it back into position - the plant never missed a beat and went on to flower. It's still blooming. When I was a kid I briefly had this plant confused with Bowiea volubilis, and until very recently did not have a clear idea of just how the Dichelostemma twined. I expected the entire plant to twine, but it is only the leafless scape bearing the inflorescence which does so. Jim McKenney Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where next week may be the big week for Calochortus here.