A hardiness note - Frit persica

James Waddick jwaddick@kc.rr.com
Tue, 31 Mar 2009 06:36:10 PDT
Dear friends,
	I just want to pass a long a note about the surprising 
hardiness of Fritillaria persica here.  I had replanted 6 bulbs last 
fall and all are in full bloom; a bit sparse perhaps due to 
replanting or prior over crowded status. At full bloom they are 
something like 15 to 20 inches in height.  These are blooming quite 
early after a mild winter.

	2 days ago we had 4 inches of wet heavy snow and the temps 
drop to somewhere around 24 to 26 F.  When I trudged out through the 
snow the Frits had formed a perfect 180 degree arch with the top of 
the flowering stem touching the snow and the regularly pendant flower 
facing straight up. And frozen solid.

	Today with 2 days of 40 and 50 degrees, ample sunshine and 
light breezes, the plants are all perfectly upright, flowers pendant 
and foliage undamaged. The breeze was enough to shake the stem back 
into a rigidly upright stature and some flowers even seem to show the 
start of swelling seed pods.

	Totally unfazed. I didn't go check the other garden frits 
before and after, but none look damaged by the hard freeze and snow. 
I am surprised exactly how well these plants have endured some very 
hard conditions essentially in full growth.

	Aren't plants amazing sometimes?		Jim W.

Dr. James W. Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
Ph.    816-746-1949
Zone 5 Record low -23F
	Summer 100F +

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