Merrill Jensen merrill@gamblegarden.org
Mon, 06 Jun 2005 11:53:05 PDT
Good day John,

Thanks for the extra cultural information on Wachendorfia.  I was able to
find some nice plants this spring (from Annie's Annuals,
http://www.anniesannuals.com/ ) that I'll incorporate into a planting area that is
being completely renovated this year.  We're basically starting with a blank
slate and I wanted to add something that wasn't run of the mill.  With
pleated leaves and a name like Wachendorfia, how could we go wrong.  These
will be in the end that will have more moisture, right across the pathway
from our stunning clump of Dierama pendulum that has just started to

Merrill J.
Palo Alto, CA   Zone 9-10 with a stiff breeze...

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Subject: [pbs] Wachendorfia

Dear Mary Sue.

Nice to see Wachendorfia thyrsiflora mentioned. This plant, to me is
quite stunning when in flower, it does like moisture and when
established puts on quite a show. It does need lots of room, that's for
sure. It must be said it is a rather 'coarse' plant. In the wild, it is,
not only found with the Zantedeschia aethiopica, but Dierama pendulum is
in the same location, but in a slightly drier area, but still with much
moisture. The Wachendorfia will form large clumps and also spread. I
think it is most effective when it can be viewed from a distance so the
coarse foliage does not detract. When driving along the Garden Route,
especially in the Knynsa area, it stands out. Cheers John E. Bryan
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