This section is from the book "The Standard Cyclopedia Of Horticulture Vol2", by L. H. Bailey. See also: Western Garden Book: More than 8,000 Plants - The Right Plants for Your Climate - Tips from Western Garden Experts.
(delicate flower, from the Greek). Amaryllidaceae. Tropical American summer - flowering bulbs. Allied to Zephyranthes.
Flowers erect, yellow, fragrant, in a small 2-bracted umbel, terminating a solid scape, long-tubed, with wide-spreading segments; stamens 6, inserted at the throat, the filaments unequal and dilated at base: fruit a 3-valved caps.: leaves long and strap-shaped: bulb tunicate. - Three or four species. Mex., and S. Amer.
Chlidanthuses are increased by offsets or by seeds. The bulbs should be kept dry and cool during winter and in spring started in a moderately warm house. After flowering, care must be taken to have the bulbs make their annual growth. They may either be grown in pots plunged in ashes, or planted out where they can be watered occasionally during dry weather. Like other similar plants, they will benefit by a mulching of spent hops or rotted manure. (G. W. Oliver.)
Herb. (C. luteus, Voss). Bulb large and ovoid: leaves about 6, appearing in spring or early summer with the flowers, narrow, glaucous, obtuse: flowers 4 or less in each umbel, 3 in. or less long, nearly sessile, erect, on a 2-edged scape or peduncle 10 in. or less high. Andes. B.R. 640. F.S. 4:326. - A good summer-blooming plant.
Ehrenbergii, Kunth. Somewhat taller: flowers yellow, nearly horizontal, distinctly stalked, the 3 outer segments