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PlantFiles: Romulea
Romulea tempskyana

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Romulea (rom-YOO-lee-uh) (Info)
Species: tempskyana

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under 6 in. (15 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Late Fall/Early Winter
Mid Winter


Other details:
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Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive synandrospadix On Dec 5, 2012, synandrospadix from Granada
Spain wrote:

A superb and virtually hardy Romulea species from Cyprus and the eastern Mediterranean, including Turkey. Flowering in early Spring, each corm produces a succession of four or five flowers over several weeks. The silky blooms are the most vivid shade of violet and are perfectly complemented by the bold golden anthers. Very easily grown in a cold/alpine greenhouse or outside in a very well drained situation and given protection against prolonged cold, and an ideal subject for a half pot where the corms can be spaced 4-6 cms apart. In my experience they are not fussy about compost as long as this is free-draining (add some fine grit or coarse sand). Top dress with horticultural grit to show the flowers off, and water regularly after planting in Autumn, without allowing to become waterlogged. Store the corms completely dry during dormancy.

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