Thu, 20 Feb 2003 03:16:00 PST
Thanks, Mary Sue for your contribution.
As far as  hardiness is concerned there are definite differences amongst 
them.  To generalise the white and very pale pink cultivars like Snow 
Maiden and Hint of Pink are probably the weakest varieties and definitely 
struggle to overwinter in the cold wind and rain.  On the other hand some 
of the deep red ones like Red Dragon, found originally in a mountain 
cottage garden in Wales I believe, are tough as old boots, vigorous in 
growth and sturdier than the norm in form.  New ones are being found all 
the time and I have only this week taken delivery of two as yet un-named 
cultivars one of which is pure white with a strong vigourous growth 
pattern up to 3 feet high!  
As far as identification is concerned the two UK National Collection 
Holders are agreed that recording Colour (using whenever possible the RHS 
colour chart),Markings, Perianth segments in length and width, Hight and 
number of flowers per spike are the best we can do. Sometimes ancillary 
info may be relevant such as whether the cultivar is vigourous or weak or 
needs much support in flower.
I guess the point on the DNA testing may be that, like homo sapiens , one 
species with distinct individual Dna, so may cultivars also have distinct 
Dna as they may exhibit infinitesmal differences in colour growth and 
other characteristics but this is supposition on my part.  I am assured it 
is worth researching so await progress on my project with great interest!

I think the Schizostylis Mary Sue recalls is Mrs Hegarty rather than Miss! 
 If Mrs Hegarty has offspring I have no record of the birth registration!
 I was very interested in the distribution in the USA and have also noted 
that New Zealand, seems to be a happy home for them too.  Wet feet and 
warm heads seems to be the key which ties in with their original native 
habitat in the banks of streams in the mountains of Southern Africa
 Incidentally, I know that S.c. Rosalie is grown in the USA but the 
nursery who offer it for sale don't export and don't respond to emails but 
somebody must have it.  It has been missing from Europe stockists for over 
5 years at least and I would love to try and trace a source for it.  
Tracking them down can be fascinating in itself.  In one case a 92 year 
old man, at the other end of the country, has the only known example 
worldwide  of S. c.Zeal Blush growing in a pot in his greenhouse.  I am 
very gently trying to persuade him to part with a small part of it for one 
day it may be lost to us forever!  Which is what NCCPG is all about and 
where I came in.

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