On a good year, a visit to the Atacama Desert in Chile is a sight to behold with plants like the Zephyra Elegans forming a beautiful monochrome or mixed carpet of colour when they bloom. Despite the seemingly barren land, this plant does exceptionally well in the coastal desert climate with little precipitation. Also known as the Desert Snowball, it belongs to the TecophilaeaCeae family and is the endemic plant of Chile.
Type Of Plant
This exquisite desert flower belongs to the Zephyra D. Don genus and is a comous plant. This means it is a bulbotuber with a short, vertical and underground plant stem that serves as a storage organ ideal for the plant’s survival in adverse weather conditions. The plant was identified in 1832, according to the WCPS, it has two official names – Zephyra Compacta C alongside the most common, Zephyra Elegans D.Don.
Zephyra’s Natural Habitat
The Zephyra Elegans thrives in arid areas with highly variable rainfall. This plant also does well in a climate that experiences cloud cover and fog almost all year. This climate also experiences a mean monthly temperature of 10-20°C and a mean daily temperature oscillation of 7.5°C. Which all means that the plant has survival strategies to enable it to survive such a harsh climate. The Zephyra Elegans survive by forming persistent seed banks and latency mechanisms that allow the seed to remain viable for germination until conditions become more favourable for growth.
Interested In Gardening?
The Zephyra Elegans offer great horticultural and ornamental value. It adds a picturesque element to a flower garden by blooming into a magnificent colour ranging from pure white to white with sky blue petal tips. The Tecophilaea Cyanocrocus, also known as the Blue Crocus, which also belongs to the Zephyra family, has exquisite blue flowers with white stripes that will give your garden some contrast and will certainly catch people’s attention.
They thrive in the USDA Zone 7-10. They are more frequently grown in cool greenhouses. However, you could also grow them indoors or in a cold frame in zones lower than 9. The Blue crocus does not do well in freezing temperatures after it has sprouted in the spring. It also thrives in well-drained soil. The Tecophilaea Cyanocrocus blooms in October or November, springtime in South America, and in February or March if you are in North America. So how do you find Tecophilaea Cyanocrocus for sale? Numerous online nurseries are selling the bulbs from €4 to €16 each approx.
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