Eucomis - TOW-Hardiness

Boyce Tankersley
Mon, 18 Aug 2003 11:05:36 PDT
Hi Dave:

Many thanks for the suggestions for companion plants. Most of these genera are new to me so a few trials will probably be in order. Would really appreciate Crocosmia seeds of those you think have a potential for hardiness and that have a chance of coming true. Eucomis is also a 'late arriver' in the Chicago area, well after frost (usually).

Boyce Tankersley

>>>>Newer Crocosmia cultivars are very showy and have been tried but
apparently are not reliably hardy (perhaps the chipmunks favor the corms - I
know the deer and rabbits apparently relished the foliage or maybe it is a
simply lack of cold temperature hardiness).

You must try hybrids from both C. masoniorum or C. paniculata, indeed C.
pearsei may be hardy if you can get it. Fortunately there are a lot of
hybrids between both C. masoniorum and C. paniculata, and you should have
the best luck with these. Some of the corms of these are about the size of
tennis balls and hence you will be able to plant these much deeper than any
other Crocosmia. I'll have save some seed for you, as some of these come
relatively true from seed, eg. 'Zeal Giant'.

>>>>>We continue to observe and modify the theories. Part of the fun of this

We do, and it sure is.

Best Wishes,


David Fenwick
NCCPG National Collection of Crocosmia with Chasmanthe and Tulbaghia
The African Garden
96 Wasdale Gardens

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