South American plants

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Barstow
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I was at Kew Gardens a couple of weeks ago and on display in the new bulb house was Gethyum atropurpureum! I was completely taken by surprise as a) I'd never heard of it (having not seen this thread) and b) I was astonished also to see it was in the Alliaceae (so it claimed on the label)  i.e., that there was a totally unknown genus (for me) in the onion family.  I was very excited, almost like I'd discovered a new species.....sadly it doesn't seem to be edible....

Stephen Barstow
Malvik, Norway
63.4N
Age: Lower end of the 20-25,000 day range

bulborum
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I bought a few last year from Cotswold
The first just start growing
Not sure if they will flower
otherwise I can send you seeds

Roland

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Barstow
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Many thanks, Roland! Very kind of you - yes, if you can spare a few seed, that would be great!

Stephen Barstow
Malvik, Norway
63.4N
Age: Lower end of the 20-25,000 day range

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Stephenb wrote:

I was at Kew Gardens a couple of weeks ago and on display in the new bulb house was Gethyum atropurpureum! I was completely taken by surprise as a) I'd never heard of it (having not seen this thread) and b) I was astonished also to see it was in the Alliaceae (so it claimed on the label)  i.e., that there was a totally unknown genus (for me) in the onion family.  I was very excited, almost like I'd discovered a new species.....sadly it doesn't seem to be edible....

Crumbs, Stephen,  seems you missed a lot of references  to this plant in the SRGC Forum- including these these with  photos :

Gethyum atropurpureum syn. Solaria atropurpurea
http://www.srgc.net/forum/index.php?topic=6462.msg185906#msg185906

http://www.srgc.net/forum/index.php?topic=5120.msg153060#msg153060

http://www.srgc.net/forum/index.php?topic=8373.0

http://www.srgc.net/forum/index.php?topic=2955.0

Ian  and/or Margaret Young ( -here it is usually Margaret)

Aberdeen , North East Scotland, UK
Zone 8a

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Ian I think that the main problem is time
If you want to see all posts here on this fantastic forum
we probably ,as Maggie probably has to do  :o , sit most of the day for the computer

I overlooked this plant too
Cotswold offered the plant I never seen before
googled it and found out to my surprise that it was a bulb or corm

Learning every day :)

Roland

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Normal Zone <8   -7°C _ -12°C      10 F to +20 F
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Barstow
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Thanks for the links Maggi/Ian... I came here first as it was an American species and didn't get as far as searching SRGC... I guess I didn't notice it before as I hadn't realised its affinity to the Alliums...

Stephen Barstow
Malvik, Norway
63.4N
Age: Lower end of the 20-25,000 day range

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Rhodophiala bifida seems to have enjoyed the hot dry summer though it seems to be later than usual - whatever "usual" is nowadays!
cheers
fermi

Fermi de Sousa,
Central Victoria, Australia
Min: -7C, Max: +40C

Hoy
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Very nice, fermi! They like it hot and dry in the resting period? I have some seedlings and plan to put them outside later - if I dare!

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

bulborum
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Mine died last year at -15ºC
maybe to wet in the winter
good I had a few left in the poly-tunnel

R

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Michael J Campbell
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Not really South American but I am cheating a little , this one is from Mexico 

Zephyranthes Primulina

Zephyranthes Primulina

Michael J Campbell in Shannon, County Clare, Ireland

http://www.facebook.com/michael.j.campbell.395

Lewisias, alpines ,South African bulbs
http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/michaelJcampbell63

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