Schizostylis - friend or foe!!

Shirley Meneice
Sat, 22 Feb 2003 21:08:48 PST
Paul, I second your findings of Schizostylis, aka Hesperantha.  Everyone who
sees it in bloom wants some for his or her garden.  I try to warn them that it
is as hard to eradicate as the old Crocosmia.  I pull whenever the ground is
soft, so I can get the runners as well as the parent plants.  I still have
jillions to entrance my friends and neighbors when they persist in blooming
each year.  This is in USDA Zone 9 in Pebble Beach, California, on
not-too-well-drained partially decomposed granite.  They are content with full
sun, partial sun, and full shade.  I began with a 1 gallon plant that has
spread over most of a half acre in spite of what I can do to discourage it.
Round-up would probably work, but I am not into that.  SO --beware!
    Shirley Meneice
Paul Tyerman wrote:

> Howdy All,
> I have to chuckle a bit about everyone trying to find the different types
> and varieties of so many things that I grow.  Aren't we collectors picky!!!
> <grin>.
> Schizostylis however is NOT one of the things I am looking for, in fact I
> am still trying to get rid of the darn thing.  S. coccinea, a white form
> and a pink form used to be a part of my garden, until the red in particular
> started to spread like the wind.  I started having visions of
> Crocosmias/Montbretias (which grow very well here, thankfully the named
> varieties are a little slower..... but I STILL grow them all in pots) and
> removed them.  By time I did there were runners out to over 1 metre from
> the original plant in the red and 40-50cm for the other two.  2 years later
> I am still getting seeds or dormant pieces still appearing in that garden
> and every one is dutifully removed as soon as I see it.
> Thankfully none of the Hesperanthas I grow appear to run (or at least the
> couple I have do not) and I just love the Hesperantha falcata with the
> purity of it's white blooms with the fascinating arrangement of stamen at
> an angle.  Very striking if you can actually remember to catch it open in
> the evening or the early morning.  For ages I kept finding shrivelling
> flowers but I finally managed to catch one open on afternoon and after that
> I saw them regularly.  As far as I can tell this one doesn't run at all,
> although it does seed but hasn't appeared anywhere else as yet.  I was
> surprised that the Schizostylis had been shifted into Hesperantha given
> their somewhat different structure (to me) and tendency to send out
> underground runners, but there are other genus where the species vary
> considerably in this count.
> In a nutshell..... Hesperantha are lovely and Schizostylis are a 4 letter
> word <grin>.  I very nearly bought a Hesperantha coccinea at one point as I
> thought it was another species that I didn't have...... thankfully it was
> explained what it was before I found out the hard way <big grin>.
> Obviously out climate here suits it nicely as I have not noticed anyone
> else mentioning how much of a pest it can become.  I think that we here get
> the best of numerous worlds as in protected areas we can grow frost tender
> plants outside, yet still grow those things that require some cold to grow
> and flower ideally (Aaaah, my beloved Galanthus, Fritillarias,
> Erythroniums, Crocus etc.....)
> Cheers.
> Paul Tyerman
> Canberra, Australia.  USDA equivalent - Zone 8/9
> Growing.... Galanthus, Erythroniums, Fritillarias, Cyclamen, Crocus,
> Cyrtanthus, Liliums, Hellebores, Aroids, Irises plus just about anything
> else that doesn't move!!!!!
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