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Conanthera bifolia - Ruiz.&Pav.
                 
Common Name
Family Tecophilaeaceae
USDA hardiness 8-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Not known
Range Southern S. America - C. and N. Chile.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Half Hardy Moist Soil Full sun

Summary

Conanthera bifolia


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Conanthera bifolia
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Physical Characteristics
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Conanthera bifolia is a BULB growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 9. It is in flower in April. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats
 Cultivated Beds; South Wall. By. West Wall. By.
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Root.
Edible Uses:

Root - cooked[46, 61, 105]. A very pleasant taste, they can be boiled or roasted as a vegetable, or cooked in soups[2].
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Prefers a very well drained sandy peat and a warm sheltered position[1, 42, 200]. This species is not very hardy and is difficult to keep in British gardens[1], it requires protection from severe frosts and rain in the winter[1, 42]. A pane of glass supported over the plant is often sufficient[200]. Best results are obtained from growing the plant in a frame[1]. The bulbs can also be lifted in early autumn and stored in a cool dry but frost-free place over winter and then planted out in early spring[200].
Propagation
Seed - we have no information on this species but suggest sowing the seed in early spring in a warm greenhouse. Sow the seed thinly so that the young plants can grow on undisturbed in the pot for their first year. Give the seedlings an occasional liquid feed during the growing season to ensure they do not become nutrient deficient. When the plants become dormant, pot up the small bulbs placing two or three in each pot. Grow on the plants for at least another 2 years in a greenhouse before planting them out when they are dormant. Division of offsets.

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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