Hardy Aloe, Moraea, and Dierama

J.E. Shields jshields104@insightbb.com
Sat, 27 Nov 2004 09:19:03 PST
Jim W. and all,

Now Jim, we expect nothing less from you than a healthy, critical approach 
to science and plants.

However, the previously book clearly refers to the three species, 
kniphofioides, modesta, and inconspicua, as having persistent underground 
bulb-like structures atop the root.  They even show a picture of them for 
kniphofioides.  They look like the bases of old leaves.

I cannot see any of even the hardiest species of Aloe surviving outdoors 
here through a winter.  That does not mean I won't try them if I get some 
seeds, however!  I definitely will.

Now Moraea:  I have had MM. galpinii and huttonii survive the winter in the 
ground here, but never to bloom.  And they do not survive many winters in 
the ground!

I have had several Dierama species survive at least a few winters outdoors 
in the ground:  DD. dracomontanum, latifolium, and mossii.  Of these, 
dracomontanum and latifolium even flowered once.  They are at best 
short-lived perennials here.

Jim Shields
in rainy, cold central Indiana

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