Hermodactylus tuberosus

Jane McGary janemcgary@earthlink.net
Wed, 12 Mar 2003 13:40:02 PST
Shawn Pollard mentioned that "Hermodactylus tuberosus has
>been blooming for a fortnight now" despite "
>late February when we finally had a night in the
>mid-teens Fahrenheit."

This suggests that this Iris relative (sometimes called "widow iris" for
its drab greeny-purple color patterns) is hardier than reference books
suggest. I'll move some into the garden this summer.

Several years ago Monocot Nursery offered separate color forms of this
species and I bought several. They are flowering now in the bulb frames and
are quite interesting, particularly one that has style arms of the peculiar
turquoise-blue that one sees in Ixia viridiflora (I suppose that name is
changed now) and some Puyas. I hope it increases as well as the typical
color form!

Jane McGary
NW Oregon

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