mark zukaitis
Wed, 24 Jun 2009 16:25:46 PDT

Thanks for the information and the amazing picture of Tigridia tepozatlana that has just gone onto my wish list!

I also have been aware of Panianthe over the years, and now the photos on the internet make it really interesting.  Looks like a great, enduring houseplant with that big extra of fragrant huge flowers.  Has anyone grown this one and if so, can anyone name a source?

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Michael Mace<> 
  Sent: Wednesday, June 24, 2009 7:16 PM
  Subject: Re: [pbs] Trying to get started

  Mark wrote:

  >> ANY specie of Tigridia,

  If you're interested in Tigridia, one of the best sources of information is
  a monograph written by Elwood Molseed in the late 1960s.  You may be able to
  find it in a university research library, and it's worth looking for.  Those
  flowers are extremely weird and interesting.  There are some good photos on
  the PBS wiki, but they do not begin to capture the diversity of the genus.…<…>

  I tried to raise a number of them here in California, but did not have good
  luck keeping them alive -- they want winter dry and summer wet, and my
  climate gives them the opposite.  Keeping them wet in summer was easy, but
  dry in winter was hard to do without a lot of pot-hauling.  So
  unfortunately, I do not have anything to offer in trade.

  I was about to tell you that Southwestern Native Seeds was a great source
  for Tigridia seed, but I checked their website and it looks like they no
  longer collect in Mexico.  That's very disappointing.  You might want to
  contact them and see if they are planning to do anything in Mexico in the

  Does anyone know of another source for Tigridia seed?  

  San Jose, CA  (zone 9, min temp 20F)

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