Superb dwarf corms from Chile. The species was once considered extinct but has been rediscovered. Popular myth blamed extinction on wild collection, with no proof. In truth the gene pool of cultivated plants is limited and constant, indicating that cultivated stock has been raised from a limited number of plants. Instead changes in grazing patterns and water abstraction caused the loss of the limited, vulnerable habitat, but this is less emotive than blaming gardeners.
Compost is a well-drained, loam with a third coarse sand added. They are summer dormant and need dryness then, but this must not be severe or they will shrivel.
In the winter they are cold hardy here in the open ground but in a pot then they will need frost protection. We grow them outside, in well-drained, raised, shaded beds. In cold continental climates they may need winter protection.
Not for dunking in any old spot in any old garden but not difficult.
Order from the Autumn list.