More Ferrarias — Fractal Jewels in the Greenhouse

Ferraria crispa #2

Ferraria crispa

Three Ferraria crispas are blooming in the greenhouse right now.  Each show the finely curled leaves that characterize the genus with much darker coloring than the ferrariola that bloomed earlier. This one came from Annie’s Annuals marked as Ferraria ferrariola which it clearly is not.  Even within the species though there seems to be a fair amount of variation.

Ferraria crispa #1

Ferraria crispa form B

This ‘form B’ is from Telos Rare Bulbs and it has both lighter coloring and smaller flowers.

Another South African Bulb blooming in the greenhouse right now is Spiloxene capensis.

Spiloxene capensis

Spiloxene capensis

It has 2″ plus sized flowers that open during sunshine and last for several days.  Of much shorter duration are the small Romulea rosea (grown from seed) where you have to be really observant if you want to see them while the flower is doing it’s thing.

Romulea rosea

Romulea rosea

Romulea rosea

Romulea rosea

Makes you wonder how that evolved as an evolutionary trait.

There is also a Babiana from seed that has been blooming for a couple of weeks now.

Babiana vanzijliae

Babiana vanzijliae

I should note that the Greenhouse has also produced some delightful clementines for us over the past month.

Clementine harvest

Clementine harvest

They don’t look like much on the outside but they’ve been very tasty.