Hardiness of Zephyranthes foliage

Alberto Castillo ezeizabotgard@hotmail.com
Mon, 14 Oct 2013 11:51:03 PDT
Coming to think of it, my comments refer only to Z. flavissima original sp. from Argentina. Yes, there are other plants  that are not the same species around. Something disastrous over the last years is a commercial source with no botanical training (or worst, NO knowledge of the plants) that has been giving botanical names to irids and amaryllids only to promote sales. This has led to a lot of confusion and therefore the fact that we seem to be discussing one species. Yes, my original plants set seed in hot climates like Australia but not has profusely as in the wild. 

Z. flavissima can be an evergreen but the proper cycle is summer dormant. It flowers in autumn with leaves at the start of the growth (and rainy) season. This is why your plants looked unhappy with that extra flood WHEN AT REST.

As for the original question, flavissima foliage could be surprisingly hardy but it does not mean it prefers such conditions. Under cool conditions it will gradually dwindle to nothing. 

> Date: Mon, 14 Oct 2013 14:21:17 -0400
> From: alanidae@gmail.com
> To: pbs@lists.ibiblio.org
> Subject: Re: [pbs] Hardiness of Zephyranthes foliage
> I have had issues with little to no flowering here and that was only to
> happen if the pots were at least half submerged in a pond along the margin
> while I have friends who had much more flowering than I in more northerly
> climates but still warm locations. The Zeph flav's for me always seemed
> less happy when we have our super rainy smothering humidity summers but to
> recover once this weather passed. I took this to mean they didn't care for
> super heat and humidity. The joke is surviving winter is no big deal but if
> you can get through summer without rotting thats impressive. Of course I
> should be careful lest we have another droughty summer!
> Tallahassee
> Alani
> On Mon, Oct 14, 2013 at 2:07 PM, Ina Crossley <klazina1@gmail.com> wrote:
> > Mine flower no problem.  They also do set seed but it certainly not a
> > prolific seed setter.
> >
> > Ina
> >
> > Ina Crossley
> > Auckland New Zealand zone 10a
> >
> > On 15/10/2013 6:48 a.m., Tony Avent wrote:
> > > It would be nice if there were a more prolifically flowering clone.
> >
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