Unusual SA Bulbs

Garrickza(South Africa)June 25, 2003

Anyone growing these S.A. bulbs? Pictures at the link below , go to the gallery and select the alphabetical listing.

Geissorhiza radians

Geissorhiza tulbaghensis

Homeria elegans

Homeria comptonii

Lapeirousia jacqinii

Lapeirousia corymbosa

Link http://www.bulbsociety.com/

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greenwitch(Sz19 SoCal)

Not yet, for me. I will be ordering Geissorhiza radians 'Winecup' (outer petal blue-violet, inner petal red with a white-centered black dot and thin white line between the blue and red) for fall planting. Here in southern California a very common planting is Tulbaghia, Society garlic. Some detest the smell of it, I love it, very skunky. I didn't know there were others and can't wait to grow T.simmeri, both lavender and alba forms which have sweetly fragrant flowers.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2003 at 7:22PM
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Garrickza(South Africa)

The Geissorhiza tulbaghensis bulb has no resemblance to the garlic Tulbaghia Wild Garlic plant. The wild garlic is quite usefull for planting near fragarant flowers as it is supposed to enhance the fragrance of the other flower by sort of competing with it , I dont know this is a proven fact though. They are available with purple flowers (the common one) , white flowers (Silver Lace ) and also the purple one with a variegated foliage.

The garlic smell is also supposed to discourage certain garden pests and can be used as an organic insecticide.

The bulb with Tulbagh in its name just happen to originate from the same area as the wild garlic namely Tulbagh in the Western Cape , a truly lovely place.

The G.radians which you are going to buy is amazingly beautiful!

    Bookmark   July 3, 2003 at 7:42PM
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brian2cv(~8 UK)

I have grown Tulbaghia violacea for some years, both in the straight version and Silver Lace. Massive root systems for a relatively small top growth; instead of forming a true bulb I guess. Incidentally Silver Lace as available in the UK has the normal violet flowers. I have nor seen a white form of this species. A few other species are available here, and 1 or 2 supposed hybrids.


    Bookmark   July 7, 2003 at 1:31PM
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The ones you are asking about are mostly grown by a small handful of SA bulb "nuts". The Pacific Bulb Society is a group of such nuts and we have a "Bulb Excchange" (BX) where people send in their extra bulbs or seeds for distribution for a mere pitence.
I have only a Homeria (which is a weed in So CA) but mine is a pure light yellow.
The others are grown (and sold) by Jim Duggan in San Diego/ Encinitas. I saw some of his Geissorhiza radians and one other Geissorhiza blooming earlier this year. It was a very interesting combination. He also lists several Lapeirousia spp.
I do have a nice collection of a few Tulbaghia spp. Not any of the T. violacea. They are too common for my taste and I am not fond of the smell they leave on my hands when I worrk with them. Dave Fenwick has an incredible SA web page with a nice collection of Tulbaghias as well.

John Ingram

    Bookmark   July 7, 2003 at 5:37PM
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Thanks John for mentioning me.

Just to let you all know that there is a comprehensive photo gallery of Tulbaghia as well other South African bulbs on my website at www.theafricangarden.com

The specific Tulbaghia link is

I've only just realised that this forum exists, I'm glad I've found it, and look forward to contributing more in the future.

Interests- South African Bulbs of course.

Always interested in swapping or exchanging seed.

Best Wishes,
Dave Fenwick (Plymouth, UK)

Here is a link that might be useful: The African Garden

    Bookmark   July 14, 2003 at 6:52AM
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