Another geophyte-relative posting which some night find offtopic

Adam Fikso
Tue, 09 Mar 2010 13:22:05 PST
Jim?  Have you checked Watson's  He carries a lot of 
Chilean things. He is a long time plantsman and botanist originally out of 
Kew, I think,.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jim McKenney" <>
To: "'Pacific Bulb Society'" <>
Sent: Tuesday, March 09, 2010 2:52 PM
Subject: [pbs] Another geophyte-relative posting which some night find 

Justin recently made a post which I found electrifying. He mentioned, in
passing, that he was able to grow Philesia magellanica.

For those of you who don't know it, Philesia is a monocot "shrub" native to
Chile. It and Lapageria form the family Philesiaceae, a segregate from the
Liliaceae in the old, broad sense.

I've known about Philesia and Lapageria for a long time, but I wrongly
assumed that they both need cool temperatures to thrive. And since neither
is likely to be hardy in a zone 7 garden (or, frankly, any east coast garden
of any zone; please, someone, prove me wrong) I assumed they were not for

But if Justin can grow Philesia in Texas, then cool temperatures year round
are evidently not necessary for the successful cultivation of these plants.

I've already planted Lapageria seed; I'm still on the lookout for seed or
plants of Philesia. Let me know in a private post if you can point me in the
right direction.

Jim McKenney

Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, 39.03871º North, 77.09829º West, USDA zone

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