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Pamianthe (White Peruvian Daffodil) & Paramongaia (Peruvian Daffodil)

Pamianthe or White Peruvian Daffodils and Paramongaia or Giant Peruvian Daffodil are small genera with only two to three species each: evergreen Pamianthe peruviana from Peru, where it is possibly extinct, Pamianthe parviflora from Ecuador, where it is threatened with extinction due to habitat loss and which shows a pronounced dormancy and very recently a newly described species from Colombia, Pamianthe ecollis. Paramongaia weberbaueri has a disjunct distribution in coastal areas ("summer flowering clone") and lower andine regions ("winter flowering clone") in Peru. A second species, Paramongaia superba, is said to be native of Bolivia, but has never been introduced to cultivation. All are bulbous species within the Amaryllis family (Amaryllidaceae). Pamianthe species grow in humus rich soils in woodlands, sometimes they occur as well as epiphytes on trees. Paramongaia always grows in stony, very well draining soils and have a prolonged dormancy. Both genera are very rarely cultivated and utmost showy, easy going plants with long and broad, slightly bluish-green and glossy leaves and extremely large, pure white (Pamianthe) or yellow (Paramongaia), heavenly fragrant flowers. Easily grown in any humus rich, well drained soil in a partially shaded (summer) to sunny (winter) spot. Keep plants at a minimum of some 15°C throughout the year. Seeds are extremely rarely available, for seed pods from Pamianthe peruviana need more than 15 months to mature, whereas Paramongaia is self-sterile and one needs two different clones for succesful pollination.
Sow seed flat on any rather inorganic, very well drained substrate, e.g. perlite, grit lava or the like. A compost based substrate will work for Paramongaia, but this is not recommended for Pamianthe. Cover seeds only very slightly only and keep pots at some 25°C in partial shade.
2 seeds per package.
Paramongaia weberbaueri (Giant Peruvian Daffodil)

Paramongaia weberbaueri (Giant Peruvian Daffodil)

30 (45)cm, Giant Peruvian Daffodil is a rare species from Peru with a disjunct distribution in coastal areas (referred to as "summer flowering clone") and lower andine regions (denominated "winter flowering clone"). It has long and broad, bluish-green leaves and extremely large, pure yellow and strongly fragrant flowers of up to 20cm in diameter. Despite it's rarity it is easily grown in any humus rich, well drained soil in a sunny spot throughout the year. Keep plants at a minimum of some 15°C throughout the year. During dormancy keep tubers almost completely dry till new leaves are formed. In the garden trade "summer flowering" and "winter flowering" clones are offered. However, after more then ten years of cultivating both supposed forms, there are no differences in flowering times notable anymore. Plants originally received as "winter flowering" used to produce flowers from October through December in their first two to three years, but since then they have delayed their flowering time to early spring. Whereas specimens from the "summer flowering" clone used to set flowers from March through May in their first years only and now have anticipated their flowering period to early spring as well. Thus these differences in flowering times are most likely a result of provenance of cultivated material and not due to genetic differences. For example, plants originating from a cultivation in the southern hemisphere will flower later in their first years if they are moved to the northern hemisphere. After that they will gradually adjust their flowering time to the new growing conditions in the northern hemisphere and thus they will finally flower earlier. As a result, the natural flowering time for this species is mid winter to early spring. Paramongaia weberbaueri is a self-sterile species, i.e. two different clones are needed for successful pollination. XII-II.
2 seeds per package.

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