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More mid-winter blooms


Spring must be close because I am starting to get several bulbs in flower.
The Scilla peruviana is best known for its dark purple flowers, but it also comes in white and a light blue:

Taxonomists have been at it again, and these (along with the so-called Cuban and Peruvian lilies) have been moved into a species called Oncostema peruviana.
The small but tall Bulbine frutescens is also open. This is like an ice plant with those fat leaves that retain water:

Then there is a Hippeastrum that is native to Brazil, but grows outside here. It is different than most Hippeastrums because it doesn’t need a dry rest period. It has been in a small pot outside all winter, and has come into bloom. The flowers are smaller than the others, only 3" across. It is Hippeastrum striatum:

And my favorite of all of them is also opening. Ferraria divaricate. I have this in 3 colors, and here are several phots of the one that is open today:

Too bad the flower only lasts a day or two, but worth it!

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beautiful collection of flowers. how big is the Ferraria flower? It looks like crinkle taffeta fabric.

6 Mar, 2019


It is 2½" across and smells like honey.

7 Mar, 2019


Its spectacular and the scent 's a bonus!

7 Mar, 2019

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