Canarina canariensis

Max Withers
Fri, 25 Nov 2011 16:50:57 PST
Jane, I haven't grown C. canariensis although one can grow it outside
here in the Bay Area. Annie's Annuals calls it "frost-sensitive," and
rates it to zone 9b, so I would be very cautious in Portland. But I'd
say it's worth an experiment in a sheltered spot -- you can always get
another one from Annie's.

Max Withers
killer of cloud-forest plants

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