Long, maroon-striped buds open into starry white flowers with long, extended anthers. These open only in the late afternoon or evening, and remain open during the night, closing by the morning, pollination being by night-flying insects. In the wild it grows in California, from the coasts to the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada, and in the Klamath Mountains in southwestern Oregon, where it displays its characteristic light-green, long, thin, wavy-edged leaves. For the etymologists amongst you.....The juices of the bulb contain saponins that form a lather when mixed with water. The name Chlorogalum means “green milk,” referring to the green juice exuded by a broken leaf, and the species name pomeridianum derives from post meridiem, (“past mid-day,”) the Latin phrase abbreviating to “p.m.”, as it flowers late in the day!
Sow seeds at any time covering them with compost or grit 5mm deep, in a cool, well-lit spot outdoors. Artificial heat is not needed and can prevent germination. Many species will only germinate in the spring after a good chilling or freezing in the moist seed tray in the winter. Grow on seedlings in small pots before planting out into sharply draining compost in a pot, or the open ground in a well-drained spot.
Common name:Wavy-leafed soap plant, California soaproot, Amole
Packet Content:10 (Approx)