Hesperoxiphion peruvianum

Alberto Castillo ezeizabotgard@hotmail.com
Thu, 15 Aug 2002 20:06:49 PDT
Dear all:
             It is very interesting that Hesperoxiphion peruvianum is so 
widely grown. It is one of  the easiest South American irids provided  a few 
guidelines are followed. It inhabits the Andes in subtropical regions of 
Peru in rich humusy soil overlying rock. It has a long winter dormancy in 
which not a drop of rain falls. During the rainy season a lot of water runs 
down the slopes but with rapid runoff. As with other tigridioids, the 
flowering season is long if faded flowers are promptly removed. Subtropical 
or tropical soils have a fantastic texture and drainage. Hence the success 
mentioned in a mix or bark and (hopefully gritty) sand.
             Maurice Boussard has distributed seed as "Km. 759, Puno" for 
years but this is contradictory because Puno could make Oslo or Anchorage 
look like Bagkok and it is doubtful that the same species can grow in a 
subtropical region of the Andes and at the same time in an alpine one. I am 
not saying that Maurice is distributing wrongly identified material but 
rather that his source did. If this plant does grow in Puno, then it would 
be about the hardiest tigridioid.

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