Neomarica - more

Jim McKenney
Fri, 17 Nov 2006 18:35:08 PST
Thanks, David. Bear with me here. It's been years since I've seen a
Neomarica inflorescence. 

Let's concentrate on what you are calling the short stem supporting the
flower. Is this a discrete stem, or is it the "tube" of the flower itself? 

Now on to something else of interest: 

While checking some references here, I ran across something about these
plants which came as a surprise to me. In Liberty Hyde Bailey's 1904
Cyclopedia of American Horticulture three species are discussed (as members
of the genus Marica): gracilis, northiana and caerulea. Bailey makes this
comment: "they are planted in the fall, and are hardy with winter covering."

At the time, Bailey was "Professor of Horticulture in Cornell University" -
hardly an area noted for mild winters.

Does anyone know of cases of successful outdoor cultivation of these plants
in areas with cold winters? 

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7
My Virtual Maryland Garden
Webmaster Potomac Valley Chapter, NARGS 
Editor PVC Bulletin 
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