Mary Sue Ittner wrote of Scadoxus multiflorus: " The leaves persist through our wet winter even if I shelter them from the rain which I usually do to prevent disease. That's interesting, because it's not what I would have expected based on what I've seen here. My plants seemed to ripen their foliage naturally and quickly last week. They had plenty of moisture; the foliage began to yellow about two weeks ago and three days ago it all collapsed. The foliage was very lush this year - probably because the plants were included in a near daily watering routine. They were grown outside in full sun in our infamous heat and humidity - and seemed to love it (to put it anthropomorphically). Jim McKenney Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where an errant Sternbergia lutea came into bloom yesterday, many weeks after its congeners.