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PlantFiles: Wurmbea
Wurmbea latifolia

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Family: Colchicaceae
Genus: Wurmbea (WURM-bay-uh) (Info)
Species: latifolia (lat-ee-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)

Category:
Bulbs
Perennials

Height:
under 6 in. (15 cm)

Spacing:
3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Hardiness:
Unknown - Tell us

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring

Foliage:
Unknown - Tell us

Other details:
Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
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Profile:

1 positive
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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive kennedyh On Aug 7, 2009, kennedyh from Churchill, Victoria
Australia (Zone 10a) wrote:

There is another Wurmbea called Early Nancy - Wurmbea dioica which is quite common and widespread, but this species is much less common, especially in Eastern Victoria, where it seem to be limited to Wilson's Promontory.
I had never seen one at all until this July, when driving back through The Prom, through the area devastated by the Black Saturday bush fires. There was very little sign of any recovery of the plants in this area, until I noticed large numbers of little white-flowered plants, growing in masses among the dead stems of the shrubs that had covered the area. They proved to be Wurmbea latifolia and there were not just a few plants. There were large patches of them all over the place, and extending overall over a huge area. There were certainly thousands of plants, I think probably millions of them. What an amazing sight, a plant I have never seen before in an area I visit frequently, suddenly appearing in their millions. Most of the female plants already had swollen ovaries, so many more plants are perhaps to be generated, but perhaps to lie hidden for many years until another fierce fire rages through the bush.



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