Manfreda virginica

Alberto Castillo
Fri, 22 Apr 2005 15:30:17 PDT

>From: Dennis Kramb <>
>Reply-To: Pacific Bulb Society <>
>To: Pacific Bulb Society <>
>Subject: [pbs] Manfreda virginica
>Date: Fri, 22 Apr 2005 17:06:31 -0400
>I'm on the fringes of its native range, but I've thought it such an oddity 
>that I've wanted to grow it ever since I first learned of this species.  I 
>think I obtained seeds through NEWFS, and I planted them in my regular 
>garden bed where only a few germinated.  One has survived but it languished 
>amongst the weeds.  Last year I prepared a rock garden and transferred it 
>there.  I watched it through the winter as it struggled to stay green, 
>losing almost all its leaves.  This spring it appears extremely robust with 
>its leaves growing bigger & fatter than I've ever seen, and it has many 
>pups forming around its base with equally robust growth.  I think it 
>appreciates its new home amongst the gravel & rocks, free from competition 
>from weeds, growing in nearly full sun.  Surely it will reward me with some 
>Dennis in Cincinnati

Hi Dennis:
              Manfredas are rather undemanding gentle things. Those of 
viriginica I have grown over the years stood slight frosts (down to - 6C) 
and long hot warm seasons equally well in well drained soils. They are 
obviously dormant in winter although evergreen and vigorous new growth 
starts in spring . Flowers are produced in summer foloowed by plump seed 
pods.  Joe Shaw (Conroe Joe) is a nice bulb friend and knows many of these 
plants in the wild. I am sure he can provide info on its hardiness. My Texan 
ones are grown in 5 gallon containers and remain evergreen. My Mexicans (and 
one from Cuba) have no foliage in winter and are kept dry then.

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