Himalayan geophytes, was Hi, I'm new

Jane McGary janemcgary@earthlink.net
Wed, 18 Oct 2006 10:50:06 PDT
In the discussion of a Himalayan Typhonium (aroid) species, a correspondent 
"Due to the high elevations in the Himalayas to which it is native, I think 
summer heat will be an issue more than winter cold."

You have to know what PART of the Himalayas a geophyte comes from. There 
are rain-shadow areas whose plants behave more like Mediterranean 
geophytes, growing in winter and dormant in summer. My main experience has 
been with Notholirion thomsonianum, which I found out by trial and error 
prefers such a cycle. I now grow it in the bulb frame with great success, 
and flowered it in the open rock garden (no summer water in that area) last 
year, too.

Jane McGary
Northwestern Oregon, USA

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