Chasmanthe floribunda

Sun, 04 Nov 2007 14:05:11 PST
Mine start growing in October here in southern California. They are
already a foot tall and will soon send up bloom spikes. Last winter's
low of 28 degrees F did not do any damage.

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Jim McKenney
Sent: Sunday, November 04, 2007 11:49 AM
To: 'Pacific Bulb Society'
Subject: [pbs] Chasmanthe floribunda

I've had Chasmanthe floribunda outside for several seasons now, and it
seems to have settled into a winter growing pattern. Some earlier
discussions of this species on this list led me to expect it to crave
heat; in fact, its lack of bloom here was attributed to lack of heat by
one contributor. 

This year the plant emerged in late winter and was growing very strongly
until it got hot. Although I watered it, once the heat kicked in it
quit. I wondered if that was it - if the heat had killed it. Today I see
it emerging in strength again. 

Is this species typically a winter grower in the Northern Hemisphere? 

Crinum x powellii 'Album' did the same thing: it died down during the
heat of the summer and is now putting up fresh foliage.

Are these signs of the Mediterraneanizaton of our climate? 

I'm beginning to wonder if some plants are not sensing what some
politicians want to deny. 

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where, as if to
contribute to the Mediterranean theme, the Algerian iris, Iris
unguicularis, is blooming today, too. 

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