Manfreda and Polianthes

James Waddick
Sat, 02 Dec 2006 13:06:07 PST
Dear Dennis, Steve and all;

	I think subject of Manfreda x Polianthes hybrids is a 
fascinating new topic, but it got me thinking.

	I grow three species of Polianthes and always bring them in 
for winter, but how hardy are they outdoors?  I did a quick Google 
and came up with Zone 6 - 7 - 8 and 9 !  just for P. tuberosa, the 
most common species.  Surely someone in PBS grows them out doors with 
success. I'd sure like to hear what species you grow outdoors and how 
hardy they have been.

	Likewise does anyone grow any of the other Manfreda species 
in cooler climates?  I always assumed they were too tender. And M 
virginica has the widest range (and tolerance?).

	So who is growing which species and where.

	Just FYI you can see some other Polianthes sp at

	The author of the article on the hybrids suggests that these 
crosses have been made before. Anyone grow any of these or are they 
available commercially ?

	I did come across the "mangave" a possible  "hybrid between 
Manfreda variegata and Agave celsii [A. mitis] "

	Thanks for bringing up this topic.		Jim W.
Dr. James W. Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
Ph.    816-746-1949
Zone 5 Record low -23F
	Summer 100F +

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