Leucojum Hardiness, was New to Group

Rodger Whitlock totototo@pacificcoast.net
Mon, 03 May 2004 19:19:07 PDT
On 30 Apr 04 at 10:52, Lee & Scott Gerow wrote:

> Has anyone on this list been able to grow the Leucojums below.
> I believe they are listed as zone 7.
> I live in zone 5a/b and have a small micro climate provided by
> the escarpment and the woods and water as a modifying factor.
> Would appreciate any input please.

> Leucojum autumnale
> Leucojum autumnale var. oporanthum
> Leucojum autumnale var. pulchellum
> Leucojum nicaeense
> Leucojum roseum

Of these, L. roseum is the most tender and will not survive very long 
out of doors here. Even L. tingitanum from North Africa is hardier. 
If you want to grow L. roseum out of doors, you need to move to 

L. nicaeense is on the tender side, but in a sheltered site with good 
drainage, has survived for years here.

L. autumnale and its forms (not very distinct in my experience) are 
quite hardy here. However, with its fall-emergent foliage, I suspect 
it would not do well in a seriously cold winter climate. Still, seed 
is easy to come by and easy to germinate, so it's worth a gamble.

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Maritime Zone 8, a cool Mediterranean climate

on beautiful Vancouver Island

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