Ipheion 'Jessie'

Ron Vanderhoff rvanderhoff@sbcglobal.net
Fri, 07 Sep 2007 20:24:54 PDT
All of the Ipheion's do well in southern California - almost too well. I have grown 'Jessie' for two years in a container and it has multiplied from nine bulbs to 130 in that time.
  In my opinion it has better foliage that is a bit broader than the other "blue" selections like 'Rolf Fiedler', 'Wisley Blue' and 'Froyle Mill'. It is closest to 'Rolf Fiedler', but with a deeper blue flower, although the petals do not overlap as much.
  Highly recommended.
  Ron Vanderhoff
  Southern California

Tony Avent <tony@plantdelights.com> wrote:

Ipheion 'Jessie' has been out for year here in the garden and came 
through the winter fine. 

Tony Avent
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Juniper Level Botanic Garden
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Raleigh, North Carolina 27603 USA
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USDA Hardiness Zone 7b
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Jane McGary wrote:
> Jim Waddick asked about this new cultivar.
> One bulb given me by Wim de Goede 3 years ago increased very well, and I 
> offered it as a "bonus" on orders this year. I cannot sell it because it is 
> under Grower's Rights in the Netherlands.
> 'Jessie' is indeed a remarkable color, a real gentian blue, very like the 
> color of Commelina dianthifolia. It is a small plant, about half the size 
> of the Ipheion uniflorum cultivars more widely grown. It was selected by 
> Tony Hall of Kew and named for his late sister, Jessie.
> I don't know how cold-hardy this plant is, since I grow it in an unheated 
> frame where the temperature never goes below about 20 degrees F. However, 
> it is really pretty.
> Jane McGary
> Northwestern Oregon, USA
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