(Bomarea salsilla)

Perennial Climber
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Bomarea salsilla
Alstroemeriaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Tuber – cooked[2, 61, 105, 177]. Starchy[46].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – best sown as soon as it is ripe in a warm greenhouse, it will germinate in a few weeks[1]. Stratify stored seed for 3 weeks at 20¡c, then 3 weeks at 5¡c[138]. It usually germinates in 1 – 2 months at 20¡c[138]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in early summer. Division in spring, with care since the roots are brittle. Each portion must have some roots and a growth bud[1]. Pot up the divisions, grow them on in the greenhouse until they are well established and then plant them out into their permanent positions in the summer or late spring of the following year.
Requires a warm sunny position and a well-drained slightly acid soil[1, 200]. Plants are possibly hardy in the milder areas of Britain[1]. They tolerate temperatures down to about 0¡cc, but the roots will survive lower temperatures if they are given a good thick organic mulch over the winter[200, 260]. Plants prefer a minimum night temperature of 10¡c[138]. Keep the plants almost dry in winter[138]. The mulch should be removed as growth commences in the spring because the young shoots are very susceptible to slug damage[K]. This genus is closely related to Alstroemeria species[200].
S. America – Chile.

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