Polygonatum vert. "Himalayan Giant"

aaron floden aaron_floden@yahoo.com
Sat, 08 Mar 2014 07:55:21 PST

  Yes, Diana, Hinkley, Kelly & Sue, and others have introduced some great Chinese and NE Indian Polygonatum into cultivation. I still need to get Diana's collections.

Most of the European forms of verticillatum I have are relatively small and usually remain under 2 feet tall. They have terete spreading rhizomes and make small patches. 

 Most of the Polygonatum prefer their rhizomes right at or just below the soil surface. Planted too deeply can lead to rot, but can also lead to quicker rhizome branching in species that typically offset.


On Sat, 3/8/14, Jane McGary <janemcgary@earthlink.net> wrote:

 Subject: Re: [pbs] Polygonatum vert. "Himalayan Giant"
 To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>
 Date: Saturday, March 8, 2014, 1:22 AM
 That seems to explain why I have two different-looking
 plants under 
 the name Polygonatum verticillatum. One is larger than the
 other in 
 all parts and spreads faster too. Several interesting
 species have shown up at nurseries and plant sales in the
 Oregon area in recent years, particularly some introduced by
 Reeck of Collectors Nursery. They are a useful foliage
 contrast with 
 other shade-tolerant plants such as hostas and ferns, and
 the stems 
 in flower or later can be cut for elegant, long-lasting
 Although some spread fast, they are shallow-rooted (here,
 anyway) and 
 thus easily controlled.
 Jane McGary
 Portland, Oregon, USA

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