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    The Scarborough lily (Cyrtanthus elatus) is blooming now (guess where)

    The older botanical name being Vallota speciosa







    It seems to become an invasive crop in this globular greenhouse in Duesseldorf, Germany *lol*

    This species is rather unigue within its genus:
    Umbels of upright blooms (3-8 seldom 10) with total radial symmetry. Really fascinating for me as I am so accustomed to typical zygomorph Hippeastrum bloom "faces"
    Last edited by haweha; 09-03-2006 at 04:49 PM.

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    Now, someone MUST tell me where I can find some of these bulbs. Surely, they are sold somewhere in the US.

    My bulb book says that they are hardy here, and I suspect that I would have to mulch. But the idea of them multiplying is fantastic.

    They are gorgeous!

    Sorry about the delayed response.... I have been having difficulty with my cable service, so most of the time I read a thread only to be bumped off again. I think they finally have it fixed. At least, I am getting a decent response and I have been online for more than 5 minutes without being disconnected. Why does that happen on the weekend? Especially a long one?

    Hans, keep posting those pics. Beware, though, I truly do have a weakness for bulbs of all kinds!!!
    Ann B.
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    Jim Shields has a hybrid version. I wasn't able to visit the Hirt's site.

    I'll keep searching. I love the color and the symmetry. The fact that it multiplies so readily is extra NICE!

    What a beautiful color that would be to add to my gardens....

    Hans, are they self fertile?
    Ann B.
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    Ann, If you are refering to Hirt's Gardens they have an online store on ebay. Might find some good prices. I ordered from them this spring and was very happy with what I got.
    Those are beautiful blooms. i LIKE THE BIG CLUMP. iT REALLY MAKES an impact.
    tennessee sue

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    Just gorgeous!!!! Absoutely gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing the pic with us.
    Happy Growing,
    Vicki in West. Mich.

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    Very beautiful
    Nadia

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    I still haven't found a good source. If any of you do, please let me know.

    Seeds would be great!

    Hans? Where are you? Are seeds available anywhere?
    Ann B.
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