Canarina canariensis

Lee Poulsen
Fri, 25 Nov 2011 22:57:56 PST
I grow mine outside all winter long and although it has never been killed, after three years where the actual minimum air temperature dropped below 0°C (-1 or -2°C) for several hours and the exposed parts all got killed, I now keep it next to the house where the air temperature never goes below freezing. Temperatures of 0°C don't seem to bother it. I have seen the same problem with Paramongaia; it loves chilly winter weather, but once the air itself is in the negative degrees C for several hours, the leaves turn brown. Most winter growers tolerate a few degrees below 0 no problem, but there are a few that are much more touchy about it in my experience, so I can't leave those way out in the open completely unprotected in case we get that one night where the temperature here happens to get downright freezing for a little while. (Apologies to all those who live Zones 9 and colder…)  ;-)

--Lee Poulsen
Pasadena, California, USA - USDA Zone 10a
Latitude 34°N, Altitude 1150 ft/350 m

On Nov 25, 2011, at 3:49 PM, Jane McGary wrote:
> 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.

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