All Things Gardening forum: Looking for Moraea tortilis

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Gen
Apr 14, 2014 7:24 AM CST
Does anyone happen to know where I might could locate this plant? http://www.thelovelyplants.com/lovely-and-unusual-moraea-tor...

My daughter thinks it is so cute, but I am not having any luck finding anyone who has it for sale....
thanks for any input you can provide!
Name: Suga
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Suga
Mar 24, 2015 9:35 PM CST
I'm looking to! If you find it holla....and I will do the same! Shrug! Shrug! Shrug!
Name: Greene
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greene
Mar 25, 2015 8:40 AM CST
You can start your search here:
http://www.pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswiki/index.php/Sources
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ShadyGreenThumb
Mar 26, 2015 11:24 PM CST
Been looking for that for quite awhile with no luck. It's from Africa originally, if I recall? Please let us know if you find it.
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abhege
Mar 26, 2015 11:35 PM CST
I ran into a brick wall looking for it.
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NJBob
Mar 27, 2015 9:44 AM CST
Sadly I have seen this question asked a few times over the years without an answer. Hope you find it.
Name: Greene
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greene
Mar 27, 2015 2:08 PM CST
The 'Mom' in me is wondering...
Going back to the original post here, I wonder how old the daughter is and can this 'search' be used as a learning tool. If the daughter participates in the search and there is success in finding the plant, she may be more likely to take ownership and take better care of the plant. Thumbs up

You might let start seeds for plants such as Juncus effusus cv. Spiralis/Corkscrew Rush or Albuca spiralis 'Frizzle Sizzle' or other plants which twist/turn/spiral while the search progresses.
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Name: Jean
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Moonhowl
Mar 27, 2015 5:27 PM CST
After a bit of looking, I found a possible source for Moraea tortilis seeds. I have no idea as to cost etc but there is a site and an email address. The first link is where they advertise, and the second link is the site.

http://beingplants.com/Bulb-list.php

http://beingplants.com/ocart/
Name: Greene
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greene
Mar 27, 2015 7:22 PM CST
The item is on a list on that site (Being Plants) but not available to purchase. Perhaps it is considered a 'special order' item. For the special order items the site says to email her at tanyabeing@gmail.com

The search continues...

Edited to add:
Here is a site which is promising. At the moment they do not have the M. tortilis but new products are added often so it may be worth checking later.
http://www.seedsforafrica.co.za/blogs/news/7561476-new-produ...
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Name: Jean
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Moonhowl
Mar 27, 2015 7:51 PM CST
In searching, I found a couple references to Silver hills nursery, but each one said they were already sold out for the year... I did find a couple other Moraea species that have the curling foliage. It seems that there are about 125 species on Moraea in South Africa.

Moraea serpentina
http://www.southernafricanplants.net/plantdata_sub.php?Mspec...

Moraea pritzeliana
http://www.biodiversityexplorer.org/plants/iridaceae/moraea_...

Seeds for M pritzeliana
http://b-and-t-world-seeds.com/cartall.asp?species=Moraea%20...

fayecary
Feb 3, 2016 2:16 PM CST
Looking to buy a morsel. Tortilis plant. Do you have any to sell?
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Feb 4, 2016 10:37 PM CST
Hello @fayecary I do not think any of us here have found the Moraea tortillis as of yet. You may want to try this link.

http://www.seedsforafrica.co.za/blogs/news/7561476-new-produ...

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