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.
(name means, in Greek, green plant). Liliaceae. Rhizomatous herbaceous plants, one of which is familiar in greenhouses.
Very like Anthericum, but differing in the thickened filaments of the stamens and the 3-angled or 3-winged caps.: infloresence often denser: leaves broader, often oblanceolate and petiolate: seed disk-like. - Some 60 or more species, in warm parts of Asia, Africa, and Amer. Consult Anthericum and Paradisea.
R. Br. (Anthericum variegatum, A. vittatum, A. picturatum, A. Williamsii, Hort.). Root fleshy and white: leaves freely produced from the crown, often 1 in. wide, flattish and bright green, or in the garden varieties with white lines along the margins, and often (variety picturatum) also with a yellow band down the center: scape terete and glabrous, 2-3 ft. high, branched; flowers white, 1/2in. long, with revolute oblanceolate segments, which are obscurely 3-nerved on the back. S. Africa F.S. 21:2240-1. - A valuable and common plant for vases and pots, and sometimes used in summer borders.
Three species that recently have been mentioned in horticultural literature are: C. amaniense, Engler, from German E. Africa; 10 in.: leaves lanceolate-acuminate, 16 in. long and 3 1/2 in. or less broad, somewhat fleshy, bronze, with white margin: flowers greenish white, in cluster 6 in. long. - C. comosum, Wood (Natal Plants, fig. 279), from Lake Albert, Cent. Africa;proliferous: leaves radical, linear, deep green, 2 ft. long: flowers small, white, soon fading, usually in 4's, in a branched cluster 3 ft, long. - C. Huiyghei, DeWild, Congo; leaves in a basal tuft, lanceolate, petioled, about 18-20 in. long, 2-2 1/2 in. broad: flowers greenish white, about 1/4in. long, in a bracted raceme 2-3 ft. long. L H B