Babiana and Spiloxene on the wiki

mr chris shires
Tue, 10 Feb 2009 11:40:24 PST
Hi Mary Sue, your reference to, 'Babiana doesn't seem to be a genus with a 
lot of followers', piqued my interest. I am a true novice but during the 
last nine months or so I have managed to procure corms or in some cases seed 
for the following:
Babiana ambigua, disticha, leipoldtii, melanops, nana, odorata, patersoniae, 
purpurea, sambucina, and vanziliae.
I Live in Yorkshire in the UK (zone 7/8), and I am endeavouring to grow 
these in pots under glass. (conservatory). Any advice you could give would 
be much appreciated.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mary Sue Ittner" <>
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Sent: Tuesday, February 10, 2009 6:14 PM
Subject: [pbs] Babiana and Spiloxene on the wiki

> Hi,
> It always fascinates me that so many of the off topic subjects on this 
> list
> draw more responses than those on topic.
> Before the wiki went down last week I had spent a couple of months working
> on the Babiana wiki pages, adding a lot of information and pictures and
> trying to figure out a lot of species we saw from location and the Babiana
> revision. In the revision there were 23 new combinations, names, species,
> and statuses so this was quite a task. Babiana doesn't seem to be a genus
> with a lot of followers, no doubt because it can't be grown in colder
> areas. Still, I hope some of you will take the time to look at what I've
> done and let me know about corrections or if you can identify some of the
> species that I gave up on listed under Babiana sp. Babiana is a genus in
> northern California that can be grown in the ground (at least some 
> species)
> and if you grow a number of different species they will be in bloom a long
> time.
> The other genus I also added new species and new pictures to is Spiloxene.
> I got a little carried away with Spiloxene capensis, but there are just so
> many forms of this one that I wanted to give a sense of that. We saw one 
> on
> Lion's Head that had a blue center, quite striking. You can't tell these
> differences from the thumbnails. Spiloxene capensis multiplies rapidly for
> me and Spiloxene serrata very little. The latter is a species that starts
> to bloom in winter and will keep on blooming if it has conditions it 
> likes.
> Since we have had less rain this year it has been blooming more than it
> usually does. I also had some interesting pictures of what seemed to be
> natural hybrids, but didn't get around to adding them and now all those
> kinds of things need to wait until we figure out if and how we can fix the
> wiki so it will last.
> I know I can't compete with culinary matters, but I hope some of you will
> look at the pictures.
> Mary Sue
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