Huilmo
Olsynium junceum

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Olsynium (ol-SYN-ee-um) (Info)
Species: junceum (JUN-kee-um) (Info)

Category:

Alpines and Rock Gardens

Bulbs

Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Jun 28, 2007, Ursula from Santiago
Chile (Zone 9b) wrote:

The natural habitat of O. junceum is on sunny, rocky slopes at altitudes that range from 1000 to 2600m above sea level. These pretty herbaceous perennial Iridaceae develop a rhizome and can bloom the first year grown from seeds, but will display their best from the second year on. The back of the white petals has magenta or purple stripes Lots of light and good drainage are a must. Deadhead the flowers and only keep the seed pods you will require for further propagation of your Olsyniums. This will prevent the rhizome to age too soon.

Propagation from seeds: during autumn, in a mix of equal parts of compost, regular garden soil and sharp river sand. Cover this mix with a layer of sand, distribute the seeds and spread some more sand over them to barely cover the seeds.... read more