Hesperantha (Schizostylis) coccinea

Alberto Castillo ezeizabotgard@hotmail.com
Fri, 03 Nov 2006 05:47:56 PST
Dear all: 
            I have followed with great interest all these different descriptions of this lovely plant's behaviour. As I write this both pink and red forms are in flower and continue to do so for several months, provided their "feet" are in permanent water. We are in zone 9b but they seem to grow better and multiply faster in zones 8-9 (this is what Paul has described). Cameron and others' information that the plants would flower so late is a surprise. They seem to adapt to moist garden conditions quite well here, just like any other perennial. I wish they would be weeds just as Paul describes. What makes me think that perhaps his were originally imported as seed into Australia and have either hybrid vigor or are virus free. 
AlbertoBuenos Aires, zone 9b/10

> Date: Fri, 3 Nov 2006 23:22:45 +1100> To: pbs@lists.ibiblio.org> From: ptyerman@ozemail.com.au> Subject: Re: [pbs] Hesperantha coccinea> > Howdy All,> > I have to laugh at this conversation. This is another one of these > "One man's treasure is another's trash" stories........ I used to > grow the white, pink and red forms of Hesperantha coccinea (at that > point Schizostylos or something like that) until they became invasive > weeds for me. The red one expanded the second year by about a foot > in radius within 12 months which was when I decided they were a bad > idea. Neither of the other two were as bad, but they were still > multiplying a bit too healthily for my liking. It took me 3 years to > eradicate the lovely little dears. Even then about 2 years after > that I discovered a couple of small pieces that appeared about 2 > metres away (seedlings? Don't know). They've never appeared again > since then thankfully.> > One day I might try them again, in a similar setup as I grow > Crocosmias.... i.e in a pot which is carefully protected to make sure > they cannot escape out the drainage holes! LOL It really goes to > show just how much difference different climates can make to how easy > or hard something is to grow. I can definitely vouch for the fact > that -8'C with no cover is definitely not going to affect them, or at > least not the ones I used to grow anyway.> > Good luck to those of you who are trying to grow them > unsuccessfully. They are rather pretty flowers at the right time of > year, and a large clump of them can look rather impressive. They > were just a little too boisterous for my liking here!!> > Cheers.> > Paul Tyerman> Canberra, Australia - USDA Zone Equivalent approx. 8/9> > Growing an eclectic collection of plants from all over the world > including Aroids, Crocus, Cyclamen, Erythroniums, Fritillarias, > Galanthus, Irises, Trilliums (to name but a few) and just about > anything else that doesn't move!! > > _______________________________________________> pbs mailing list> pbs@lists.ibiblio.org> http://www.pacificbulbsociety.org/list.php
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