Re: [IGSROBIN] Spring species
Andrew et. alia.
I haven't grown it in the past but I am awaiting the germination of some
wild gathered seeds.
I think the difference between yours and the general description in van der
Walt might be due to two things:
A lot of desert plants are really not all that specialized. They do need
good drainage and bright light, but beyond that they are pretty adaptable.
Cacti and succulents, for example, grow great here in Florida even with our
torrential summer rains and high humidity because we have sandy soil and
If you take the desert species, and put them in a more hospitible
environment with greater access to nutrients they thrive. Bigger and
Also, since the species are sexually propogated, and not clones like the
hybrids, they have a much greater degree of genetic variability. My source
book karooicum, for example, lists the flowers as ranging from white to
yellow, with variable streaking. I think you got a good one! Save the
seeds and share!
From: Andrew <awilson@FDA.NET>
To: IGSROBIN@MAELSTROM.STJOHNS.EDU <IGSROBIN@MAELSTROM.STJOHNS.EDU>
Date: Tuesday, March 09, 1999 2:10 AM
Subject: Spring species
>It has been quiet around here for a while. Other than reply to a query I
>have remained silent for a week or two. We do spend a large fraction of our
>time talking about species Pels. For me that is fine but it may bore some
>people and I believe it does. So, if you belong among them just tune this
>out! I've no objection to other subjects and would like seeing them appear
>more often but I have less that I can usefully add on them.
>Anyhow, the Spring species have been blooming for weeks in this gusty, cool
>spring season. One of them has really caught my fancy. It is P. karooicum.
>The name sounds strange (it comes from the Karoo, a semi-desert area in
>South Africa). What caught my attention are the large and beautiful flowers
>it has, even on a small plant. They are each nearly two inches (5 cm) from
>top to bottom and about 1.5 inches across. The color of the two upper
>is white with deep red to purple streaks and the bottom two are deep pink.
>The five tepals (behind the petals)are apple green. The effect is totally
>When I looked it up in one of the van der Walt volumes the description and
>picture did make it sound similar. However, the flowers on mine are larger
>and the colors seem much brighter. Now I am trying to remember where I got
>mine from. Cindi, were you responsible in that group from LA?
>Does anyone else grow it?
>San Diego, California