Jim McKenney
Tue, 30 Jan 2007 10:27:13 PST
I've mentioned my Lachenalia in my by-line several times, and there has been
some discussion of the modern hybrid Lachenalia which are appearing for sale
here and there.


In a private posting awhile back, one member of this list wrote to me that
he grows about 60 species of this genus!


Suddenly my eleven sorts seem somehow puny.


Last night I was looking at the Lachenalia on the wiki, and I was really
struck by pictures of Lachenalia zebrina taken by Mary Sue and Bob
Rutemoeller: who needs flowers with foliage like that!


Obviously, there is a depth of Lachenalia expertise out there which the wiki
and recent postings are not reflecting.


So... would some of you who have grown a lot of these plants please give
some pointers to those of us who are just starting down this road? In
particular, what are your favorites? Are any noted for especially good
fragrance? Which do you think have the most striking colors? If you had to
confine yourself to a dozen sorts, which ones would you pick and why? If you
could only have three, or one..


I'd like to hear what others have to say about these cool plants.  


Jim McKenney

Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where I'm just about
convinced that Ambrosina bassii is setting seed. 

My Virtual Maryland Garden


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