Didn't even notice the #$% aphids until I cropped this close-up.
Going to have to be more observant...
Huntington Gardens cold frame, southern California
A cutting planted in my garden last spring. Blooming, march 2006
Variety minor. Has thinner stems than the type species.
Another closeup of the inflorescense.
Bought this for $ 8 from the Baltimore Conservatory. Can hardly wait til it blooms.
Closeup. Thanks to DG it is now identified.