Homeria bulbs

Ann Rametta annmram@gmail.com
Tue, 30 Jan 2018 10:51:49 PST

On Jan 30, 2018 8:56 AM, "Michael Mace" <michaelcmace@gmail.com> wrote:

> Mary Sue wrote:
> > Moraea collina, M. flaccida, M. miniata, M. ochroleuca, and M. pallida
> Yes, those five species are prohibited from interstate commerce in the US.
> So no importation into the country and no movement between states, unless
> you have a permit.
> I've probably mentioned this on the list before, but we've had a lot of
> newcomers so it's worth mentioning again: I did some research into the
> original ban on these species, and as far as I can tell it wasn't based on
> concerns about individual gardeners growing the plants. Someone applied for
> a permit to import livestock feed contaminated by seed of some Homeria
> species.
> The species listed are reportedly toxic to livestock, and they have
> naturalized in parts of Australia. I'd add that I've seen one of them
> growing in cultivated fields in South Africa, and they can be so numerous
> that the flowers make a pale orange haze. If you think about how animal
> feed
> can be used -- spread on the ground in large quantities in rural areas --
> the idea of importing contaminated feed into the US is kind of
> uncomfortable. So the US turned down the permit and banned those species
> from importation.
> Having said that, those of us who grow the suspect Homerias (obtained
> before
> the import ban) have found them to be difficult to maintain in the ground.
> I
> don't think any of us have ever seen signs of invasiveness. I suspect that
> the differences in climate and plant predators between here and Australia
> keep them in check. But still, I think it's best to be careful with these,
> and I would not spread them around.
> Mike
> San Jose, CA
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