Chlidanthus

(delicate flower, from the Greek). Amarylliddcew. Two or three S. Amer. bulbs, flowering in advance of the lvs. Allied to Zephyranthes. Fls. yellow, in a small umbel, terminat ing a solid scape, long-tubed, with wide-spreading segments: lvs. long and strap-shaped. C. na grans, Herb., is the species in cult. It bears fragrant fls. 3-4 in. long, in summer, on scapes_ 15-18 in. high. It is increased by oil sets or by seeds. The bulbs should be kept dry and cool dur ing winter and in spring started in a moderately warm house. After flowering, care must be taken to have the bulbs make their annual growth. They may either be grown in pots plunged in ashes, or planted out where they can be watered occasionally during dry weather. Like other similar plants, they will benefit by a mulr-hing of spent hops or rotted ma m"°- G. W. Ouvaa and L. H. B.