[AB_images] Hymenocallis

J.E. Shields jshields104@insightbb.com
Thu, 09 Jan 2003 13:55:21 PST
Hi all,

While most Hymenocallis are indeed tropical or subtropical, Hymenocallis occidentalis (syn. caroliniana) and its close relative H. galvestonensis are pretty hardy.  H. occidentalis lives and blooms in my woodland garden and out in more sun in one of the other beds.  It is listed as occurring naturally in Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas, Missouri, and southern-most Indiana and Illinois.  I have bulbs that others collected in Tennessee and Missouri.

I have heard stories that H. liriosme is also hardy in cold climates (USDA zone 6 and colder, according to my own personal definition!)  I have bulbs sent to me from a lady in Arkansas who says they came originally form a river bank in Louisiana but grew for her on a mountaintop in Arkansas.  I have not had the courage to plant any of those offsets outdoors into the ground for a test here yet, but I will..... 
Has anyone else a story of cold hardiness in Hymenocallis and its relatives?

Jim Shields
in central Indiana

Jim Shields             USDA Zone 5             Shields Gardens, Ltd.
P.O. Box 92              WWW:    http://www.shieldsgardens.com/
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