Chasmanthe floribunda

Jim McKenney
Mon, 10 Mar 2008 12:55:15 PDT
Lee Poulsen wrote: " This is interesting, Jim. I don't know which side of
South Africa they 
come from, but here in So. California I see them almost naturalized 
(even a few up the canyon in the national forest area) and they are 
definitely a natural winter-grower/summer-dormant plant in this climate. 
(Which could explain the too-early emergence for you.)"

What I didn't mention is that now that they're outside, they are summer
dormant here, too. There is a burst of growth in late winter and early
spring, but by mid summer they've browned off. The first time this happened,
I thought I had lost them. 

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7 where Cardiocrinum cordatum is
above ground. 
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