Nothoscordum sp.

Nathan Lange
Sun, 02 Aug 2015 15:25:45 PDT

Hi Mary Sue,

Could this be a variant of N. gracile that produces far fewer 
bulblets? That could explain the large bulbs. I am certain people 
would happily consider growing this as "Nothoscordum sp." until the 
correct identification is known, especially if the flowers are 
fragrant. Besides, the more you spread this plant around, the more 
likely someone will eventually be able to identify the correct species.


These unidentified plants were grown from seed labeled as 
Nothoscordum ostenii (from Harry Hay), although that species is very 
different with yellow flowers. The leaves are larger, longer, and 
broader than most other species. The flowers are fragrant but 
infrequently open very wide. Plants grow from large bulbs that are 
slow to vegetatively increase in number. The bulbs in the photo (on a 
1 cm grid) have only one small bulblet next to the mother bulb. This 
species is dormant in summer and flowers March-April in Northern 
California. Photos by Mary Sue Ittner.

At 08:52 AM 8/2/2015, you wrote:
>I'm asking again if anyone has an idea what is the correct 
>identification of this plant grown a number of years ago from seed 
>from Harry Hay and labeled N. ostenii. I've added photos of the bulb 
>and the fruit in case that helps. I don't want to give seed to any 
>exchanges if I don't know what it is. Thanks for any help.
>Mary Sue

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