Canarina canariensis

Jane McGary
Fri, 25 Nov 2011 15:49:50 PST
I posted a query about Canarina canariensis in the midst of a complex 
post a while back and got no feedback, so would like to ask again. 
This is a tuberous member of the Campanulaceae from just where you'd 
expect. It has very large strongly veined orange flowers and is a 
climber. I saw a magnificent specimen in Terry Laskiewicz's 
frost-free greenhouse in a large pot, so I got mine out of the 
smaller pot in which it had been confined and planted it in a raised 
bed in my bulb house, which is not frost-free. It has responded by 
making a lot of basal shoots (before, it never had more than two), 
and I've put a support around it.

What I'd like to know is whether anyone has grown this plant where it 
experienced some subfreezing temperatures. I can always pop a cone of 
foam around it if a cold snap threatens, but that is the extent of 
the coddling it will now get. We've had only one very mild frost here 
so far this fall.

Jane McGary
Portland, Oregon, USA

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