Leontochir ovallei

Jane McGary janemcgary@earthlink.net
Mon, 22 Apr 2019 10:57:31 PDT
There are yellow Leontochir ovallei flowers, though I haven't ever seen 
one. I do have a postcard photo of one that I bought at a hotel in 
Huasco, whose proprietor offered a number of his own flower photo cards. 
I also read somewhere that Leontochir has been sunk in Bomarea, which 
will not please the local wildflower enthusiasts. It's their iconic 
flower: I also have a t-shirt and a tote bag featuring it.

In nature Leontochir grows in rock crevices and large talus slopes, 
spreading around below the rock in sandy soil where moisture from the 
camanchaca (marine fog) condenses on the rocks and trickles down. Some 
Alstroemerias also frequent these sites. The plants can be very large, 
so congratulations to Lee in getting them to flower in pots!

Jane McGary, Portland, Oregon, USA

On 4/22/2019 10:33 AM, Lee Poulsen wrote:
> I don’t know what happened, but after trying to grow Leontochir (which I’ve heard is being lumped in with Bomarea, I think?) from both seeds and bulbs, I’ve had several pots come back each year for several years now, and this year they’re blooming. And not just one pot of them. It’s so exciting. I’ll try to attach pictures and see if it works. One is a nice rich red, while the others are more orangey. Last year on the native Chilean wildflower Facebook group, one of the members posted photos from the desert of a brilliant yellow-flowered plant. I didn’t know there was a variety in their color. Anyway, it is cool to finally see it in the flesh (in my own backyard).
> --Lee Poulsen
> Pasadena, California, USA - USDA Zone 10a
> Latitude 34°N, Altitude 1150 ft/350 m
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