Morea polystachya and Morea hardiness
Sun, 10 Oct 2004 08:50:32 PDT
Jim  - I'm growing Moraea huttonii in the open garden, and it not only came
through last winter (a cold one, down to -20F, but with outstandingingly
deep and consistent snow cover) just fine, it managed a few blossoms in

It is not near a foundation at all. It's on a hillside which is both
free-draining and damp (i..e gets lots of runoff). Nearby are Dierama
pauciflorum, Eucomis bicolor, E. autumnalis, Galtonia viridiflora,
Kniphofia caulescens, K. multiflora, K. ritualis, K. northiae, Berkheya
multijuga, B. purpurea, Artemisia afra, and Geranium robustum, all
flourishing (though the Geranium refuses to bloom).  My little South
Africa. :-)

Ellen Hornig
Seneca Hill Perennials
Oswego, NY USA
Zone 5 (min temps to -20F, lots of snow)

Original Message:
From: James Waddick
Date: Sun, 10 Oct 2004 10:33:00 -0500
Subject: [pbs] Morea polystachya and Morea hardiness

Dear all;
	Seems like the few bulbs I planted on the south side of the 
foundation have dwindled down to one. Last year and again now it is 
sending up a nice looking (if small) flower spike. Last year a sudden 
frost killed it before any opened. Looks like the same fate this 
year, Alas.
	Surprised it persists without blooming, but as I said now 
only one bulb left. Anyone have better luck in a similar cold climate 
with M. polystacha or other Morea?. It is a pretty thing on those 
rare occasions it does bloom.

	Best	Jim W.
Dr. James W. Waddick
Near KCI Airport
Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
Ph.    816-746-1949
Zone 5 Record low -23F
	Summer 100F +

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