Bulbils on the roots?

Brian Whyer brian.whyer@btinternet.com
Sat, 25 Aug 2007 02:32:05 PDT
Thank you, all

> I have a form of Scilla peruviana here, which also makes bulbils on the
> roots. These bulbs are splitting less then the usual S. peruviana. On the
> other hand your bulb could be S hughii, which I was given with that name:
> looses its leave later and also produces bulblets on the roots. I think
> that Angelo Porcelli  can give more information on this species.
> Greetings

The mist is clearing, I think, well it is sunny today for a change.

Once, maybe twice, I have grown "Scilla peruviana" from seed exchange
donations, at least one was labelled "Alba", but when it eventually flowered
turned out to be a dull, muddy, pale grey blue. Could this be "hughii"? The
closest in colouring from memory, is that of Scilla dimartinoi on the pbs
wiki, though I can't remember if the flower scape differed at all from my
other S. peruviana. The only trouble is yesterday I labelled another pot,
with no root bulbils, as "pale form", which was what I originally called it
to differentiate it for my own purposes, so maybe this was not this form but
another that has lost its label over the eons. Now I will have to flower
them both to see if they are different flower forms, and that may take more
than a year from the smallish sized bulbs. (only 1 has the root bulbils)

Brian Whyer, Buckinghamshire, England

> > it was the same as the Scilla peruviana which I am splitting up. Hardy -
> > has been outside under a tree. Bulbs currently 2 - 3cm in diameter.
> > But
> > a) it is not shooting new growth like all the others, but still has this
> > years tired leaves
> > b) it looks very similar to the scilla bulbs, and increases the same in
> > I am splitting old root plates. Brownish tunic, some signs of yellowing
> > around neck.
> > c) it does not smell quite the same, sort of sweetish, (not pungent like
> > allium)
> > d) it has small bulbils forming along some of the roots
> >
> > In thought at first I had thrown seed in with the bulbs, but no, they
> > growing on the roots. Likely candidates are camassia, other than
> > (quamash or cusukii?), ornithogalum, galtonia; or something I have
> > all about. Leaves were probably long and channelled, not broad.

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