Nothoscordum sp.

Lee Poulsen
Sun, 02 Aug 2015 21:25:19 PDT
Mary Sue,

You sent seeds of this to the seed exchange back in 2008, PBS BX 184. I grew some of them. In 2011, I got some seeds from Kurt Vickery labelled Nothoscordum macrostemon. Only got a couple of bulbs to maturity and they bloomed for me last year for the first time. The plants, leaves, and flowers, and seed pods look exactly like the plants I grew from the seed you sent out. Both pots bloom at exactly the same time for me last year and this year.

I Googled this and found that it is a synonym for Nothoscordum gracile var. macrostemon, which apparently is found in Argentina and southern Brazil (and presumably Uruguay?). My label says that you got it from Harry Hay and it was from Chile.

Whatever they are, I believe that what Harry Hay had and what Kurt Vickery provided, are the same species. I don't know anything about this species myself. But it's easy to grow.

--Lee Poulsen
Pasadena, California, USA - USDA Zone 10a
Latitude 34°N, Altitude 1150 ft/350 m

On Aug 2, 2015, at 8:52 AM, Mary Sue Ittner <> 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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