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Ornithoglossum vulgare (100 seeds)


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Ornithoglossum vulgare (Colchicaceae). Widely distributed in southern Africa. It shows a preference for alkaline soils, but can grow in various different other types of soil. Perennial herb that grows up to 20 cm high. The yellowish-white bulbs, which are sometimes enclosed in a dark brown sheath, are buried deep in the soil. Leaves: Usually about six blueish-green, lanceolate leaves, arranged alternately and clasping the stem. Lower leaves are usually longer than the upper ones. Leaves die down in winter. Flowers: Flower pendulous, green with purplish brown margins, appearing after the leaves. They are attached by rather long stalks to the un-branched stem. Sowing : Sow seeds in autumn. Sow in trays, pots, etc of good seed compost in a propagator or warm place to maintain an optimum temperature of 20-25C.? Cover with peat or sand. Locality : Askham. Date of harvest : October 2013