At 08:29 8/04/03 -0500, you wrote: >Dear all; > Does anyone grow this plant and can comment on its hardiness? >It looks sort of like an odd Iris pseudacorus and gets about 4 ft >tall in Kew. > Jim, I realise that I am not particularly hardy here, but I can at least report that this species is not bothered by our frosts at least. I grow it in a small pot out in the open in my garden, which gets down to around -8'C in winter and have never had any sort of problem with it at all. It is evergreen and does just as happily as M. spathulata. I figure that with me growing it in a small pot you could easily amplify that -8'C much lower, as the temperature in the soil in the pot would drop much lower than if the plant was in the ground where it would obviously be much more insulated (as I assume that you'd be growing it. I have never had any sort of damage at all in winter, and had it flower well and increase each year. I also have some seed of it if you'd like to try it and don't already have it Jim? Cheers. Paul Tyerman Canberra, Australia. USDA equivalent - Zone 8/9 mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org Growing.... Galanthus, Erythroniums, Fritillarias, Cyclamen, Crocus, Cyrtanthus, Liliums, Hellebores, Aroids, Irises plus just about anything else that doesn't move!!!!!