Brodiaea and Calochortus

Marguerite English
Tue, 05 Nov 2002 17:17:11 PST
     This is an interesting topic to think about.  In my Southern California garden, the natives actually grow in decomposed (maybe decomposing?) granite.  I do wonder how those gophers get in there, but they can show up with a mound in the middle of our road!  Pesky little creatures those.
     Your other comments also are thought provoking.  My husband is more like you are  in the 'like to look, but doesn't necessarily want to grow it' category.   I am a 'want to grow it' person.   Makes for interesting times, sometimes.   Luckily there is room for all of us!

At 1112 PM 11/4/2002 -0800, you wrote
How do the West Coast species avoid the gophers in situ? I think we can ask - why do they grow in hard clay, when they need good drainage? (the answer being that many of them grow at the edges of steep banks). Hard clay (which gophers do not do so well with) is mostly what is available to them - so they have figured out how to adapt to that and survive ... Also, poor and/or toxic West Coast soils are what is available to them - so they have found a way to adapt to that as well....


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