Pondering x Amarcrinum

James Yourch yourch@nortelnetworks.com
Sun, 11 Jul 2004 18:05:12 PDT
Hi All,
During one of our many recent 90+F degree days here in North Carolina I was
admiring the tidy, dark green foliage of my numerous x Amarcrinum plants in
the garden.  Because of its parents, Amaryllis belladona and Crinum moorei
(I don't know which is the seed or pollen parent), I would not expect it to
look so good in hot, sunny conditions.  I grow, or try to grow, Amaryllis
belladonna here and it is summer dormant.  I also grow Crinum moorei and it
is said to prefer part shade and go dormant in hot summer weather also.  I
grow mine in part shade and it doesn't go dormant here.
Why then does this plant do so well in these conditions when its parents are
either summer dormant, prefer part shade, or both?  Usually the apple does
not fall far from the tree, but in the case of this intergeneric hybrid, it
seems to have done so.
Jay Yourch
Central North Carolina, USA (USDA Zone 7)

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