Nothoscordum gracile

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Nothoscordum gracile (Aiton) Stearn

Liliaceae

Life form: bulb or tuber
Usage: ornamental plant

Exposure: sun - Exposure: half shade   7

Moisture: dry bis Moisture: moderately moist

Soil: sandy loam - Soil: gritty loam - Soil: sandy clay

Arrangement: basal
Leaves: decidious

Shape: linear

Division: simple

Shape: campanulate
Fruit: loculicidal capsule

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Inflorescence: umbel

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Liliopsida
Subclassis:
Liliidae
Superordo:
Lilianae
Ordo:
Liliales

Nothoscordum gracile belongs to the group of bulbous and tuberous plants.

Naming

Nothoscordum gracile was already described and the name validly published by William Aiton. It was William Thomas Stearn, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics in 1986.

Taxonomy

Nothoscordum gracile is a species in the genus Nothoscordum which contains approximately 92 to 95 species and belongs to the family of the Alliaceae (Garlic Family).

Characteristics

Growth

The plants reach heights of 20 to 60 centimetres.

Leaves

Nothoscordum gracile is deciduous. The simple leaves are basal. They are linear with entire margins.

Flowers and Fruits

Nothoscordum gracile produces umbels of white campanulate flowers from May to June.

The plants produce loculicidal capsules.

Root System

Distribution

Nothoscordum gracile is native to Mexico.

Cultivation

The plants prefer a sunny to half-shady situation on dry to moderately moist soil. The substrate should be sandy-loamy, gritty-loamy or sandy clay soil. They tolerate temperatures down to -18°C (USDA zone 7).

Uses

The ornamental value of Nothoscordum gracile lies especially in its fragrance.

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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