Massonia question

John Wickham
Sun, 07 Nov 2010 16:22:04 PST
Thanks everyone, this is very helpful. I've been growing California native bulbs for a few years now and just started with South African bulbs. Massonia is different from what I'm used to seeing, glad to know what to watch for now.


--- On Sun, 11/7/10, Roy Herold <> wrote:

From: Roy Herold <>
Subject: Re: [pbs] Massonia question
To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <>
Date: Sunday, November 7, 2010, 3:45 PM


I think most of the spiny M echinatas in circulation are actually M pygmaea or M hirsuta. The latter designation is terribly confused, applied to some M jasminiflora types from Addo and also to some M pygmaea(?) types from Van Rhyns Pass. Paul Cumbleton has a putative M hirsuta with the extreme spines you are looking form but the flowers are decidedly M depressa types. See


for a picture.

I'm guessing you would be happy with the spiny M pygmaea that I'm growing. Stay tuned for seeds in the BX if everything works out.

NW of Boston

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