At 09:44 9/04/03 -0500, you wrote: >Dear all; > Thanks for the input on possible hardiness. Jim S's trial is >worth repeating. I tried M. polystachyea near the foundation -south >facing and somewhat dry in winter with no survival of mature bulbs. >Paul, I'd be glad to try a few seeds and nurse them in a cool >greenhouse for a year or two before testing some outside. I hear it >gets to almost 4 ft! in the Kew. > Jim, I'll find the seeds for you (they're from last season, but being an irid it should not be a problem). Mine germinated within 10 days when sown a month or two after harvesting, from memory. Mine in a pot got to 3 foot tall so I'd imagine in the ground they would be a little taller. Do you also have M. spathulata? That one is a big bigger and is a much brighter yellow with orange signal. It has established large clumps in my garden and seeds rather freely (however the seedlings are pretty easily identifiable and removable if I don't want them.... something that hasn't happened yet <Grin>). I have just put some pics up of M. huttonii for you on the PBS wiki at .... http://pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswiki/files/… http://pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswiki/files/… and a picture of one of my M. spathulata clumps at.... http://pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswiki/files/… I hope this is of some help. 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!!!!!