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The spring starflower Ipheion uniflorum, a beautiful bulbous plant from Patagonia, sends its flowers in early spring. :)

It's a pity but it's one of the less known bulbs for spring flowering, although it's cheap, beautiful and easy in culture, with only one disadvantage: it's not completely hardy in areas with severe winters. ;)
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discret Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
White flowers features here: [link]
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AmongTheFirst Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
They are absolutely gorgeous! They look so soft and delicate
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2009
Thank you very much, Allan! :bow:
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yabbles Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008  Professional Photographer
collected for journal feature! [link]


unless you object? :O_o:
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erene Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2008
Superb capture!
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mhl-micky Featured By Owner May 4, 2008
these flowers are amazing!! great shot :clap: :clap:
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Althytrion Featured By Owner May 5, 2008
Thank you very much, Mihaela! :aww:
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nicolecarina Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2008
that's awesome^^
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2008
Thank you very much! :D
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Tircisia Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Sensitive colour ! and interested in Patagonia... :+fav:
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008
:hug: Thanks a lot, Anne! :D
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debinglis Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2008
...these are beautiful! Are they a small or large flower....can't say I've seen them here in Oz... (but that isn't saying much...there are a lot of plants I've not noticed here!!!) =)
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2008
Thank you, Debi!:) Well, the flowers have a diameter of 2.5 - 3 cm (= somewhat more than 1"), but every bulb produces several of them. They are sold in Oz, here for instance. ;)
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debinglis Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008
...Is there anything you DON'T know! You never cease to amaze me.. I couldn't believe the link you gave me.... In a country as big as Australia, you direct me to Tesselars, which is about 10 kms from me! They have a Tulip festival every year..... I haven't been for about 10 years, so I think it's about time I went again.....Do you have a lot of these flowers in your own garden, or does it involve a lot of field trips??? Vielen dank..tscuss xxx =)
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008
LOL that's pretty amazing, Debi! :)

Yup, I've got most of these flowers in my garden or in my little greenhouse but I do also visit the botanical gardens here around as often as I can. It's a pity but there's only a small amount of time left for longer field trips to the nature around - maybe two or three times a year. When I was student I could do so twice a month ...
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debinglis Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008
...you must have a beautiful garden =)
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008
Oh dear I wish I had ... some things are okay but a large part is destroyed. In last fall, a company dug a long and broad trench right across the whole garden and laid new supply pipes for drinking water and natural gas for the neighbors and our house ... :(
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debinglis Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008
...Oh, das ist schade!! But with time, it will grow back and be beautiful again!
We had a similar problem years ago, but our garden wasn't nice to start with, so it did little damage. ;) =)
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008
Yes, meanwhile I see it in the same way like you, Debi! The workmen left place for new ideas! :D
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wytrvn Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008  Professional Photographer
I love the Star of David arrangement of the petals & the delicate tinting is gorgeous! Its too bad that it wouldn't survive here. :(
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008
Yes it may not survive the winters where you're living :|, tho in Ontario it can be grown outside, according to the experiences of :iconladylyonnesse:! :)
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wytrvn Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008  Professional Photographer
Ontario covers atleast 8 growing zones from 5b (-23.4 to -26.1°C) northward to 2a (-42.8 to -45.5). My locale is 4a or b (-28.9 to -31.6, or -31.7 to -34.4). Southern Ontario is mostly 5a (-26.2 to -28.8) or warmer (5b) at the southern most tip.
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008
Oh, I haven't been aware of the fact that Ontario is so large that it covers 8 growing zones! :O Yes, you're right, Katrina - zone 4a or b means too severe winters for Ipheion ... :|
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wytrvn Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008  Professional Photographer
What is the growing zone where you are?
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008
It's zone 8a here. :)
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wytrvn Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008  Professional Photographer
*Absolutely green with envy*
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2008
Yo, our region is somewhat privileged even when compared to the general circumstances in Germany, as most of the country is zone 7 or 6.
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eyedesign Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Like it Kevin :D
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2008
:D I'm glad about that! Thank you very much, Neil! :)
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eyedesign Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm glad that you're glad :p
Welcome Kevin :D
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Ehmery Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
those are so pretty :O they look like little stars coming out of the ground :D
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008
:D yes they are beautiful ... and in a certain way, they are stars coming out of the ground (where their bulbs are)! :) But their leaves, uh, they smell like onions ... ;)
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Ehmery Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
ew :( pretty things that make funny smells are silly.
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008
LOL yup, such is nature (Ipheion is related to onion and leek ...)
It's not a problem with the smell, however, as long as one prevents to touch the leaves. ;) So it's better to adore them and keep the hands away! :)
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Ehmery Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
or just wash your hands afterwards! :D
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008
LOL yup! :D
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Wild-Soul Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008
Die sind ja wirklich wunderschön!!
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008
Danke, jo das sind sie! :)
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LemnosExplorer Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008  Professional Artist
fantastic tonality and colour
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008
Oh thank you very much, Vassilis! :)
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Hedniskhjartad Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008
Beautiful indeed. :D
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008
Thank you so much, Jade! :)
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keshae Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008
Oh these are beautiful! are they really tinged with purple? I love them. Thanks for sharing. I wonder if they'll survive in Melbourne - we tend to have 4 seasons in 1 day...i call it "watching the seasons go by in fast forward"
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008
Yes, there are tinged with a purplish blue, Vivienne. ;) Some other varieties are also available.

I don't think that you'll will have any problems with them in Melbourne. I grow several of them outside where they tolerate frost periods and others in my greenhouse as well, where they have to stand temperatures up to 45 °C in summer in a soil that is completely dried out. No problem at all! :)

And you can purchase them from Australian nurseries, e.g. from here! :D
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crazygardener Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008
pretty!!!!! excellent shot!!!!
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008
Thank you very much, Dave! :)
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crazygardener Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2008
my pleasure my friend
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krookuz Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008
Very nice, Kevin, good shot! :)
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krookuz Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008
No problem :D
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008
Thank you very much, Ida! :D
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