> >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, I grow it here. I have it on the steps at the front of the house, not far from a north wall and tucked amongst other thing..... where it is somewhat protected but by no means glasshouse conditions or anything like that. Where I have it, once we get below -5'C out in the garden it tends to get toasted, but this year it sailed through winter and I thought it was going to go right through, until we got a -9'C very late in winter/early spring that toasted an awful lot of things. I would imagine if I repotted it and gave it better food it would flower more, but I always get a few flowers on it every year. Despite being frosted it always comes back for me without any problem. I really must repot it this summer and see what it is like underground. I grew it from seed from Bill D. in New Zealand about 7 or 8 years ago now I think. I realise I am likely a very different climate to you, but I hope this is of some use. If I can provide any other info that you think might help, just email me and I'll see if I can help. Cheers. Paul T. Canberra, Australia - USDA Zone Equivalent approx. 8/9 Min winter temp -8 or -9°C. Max summer temp 40°C. Thankfully, maybe once or twice a year only. Growing an eclectic collection of plants from all over the world including Aroids, Crocus, Cyclamen, Erythroniums, Fritillarias, Galanthus, Irises, Liliums, Trilliums (to name but a few) and just about anything else that doesn't move!!