scilla natalensis

Lauw de Jager
Mon, 31 Mar 2003 09:50:45 PST
Dear Angelo,
Our summers are probably less harsh then yours and Scilla peruviana is
only dormant during July and August.  The usual evergreen Crinum moorei 
 also looses its leaves during the height of the summer if not shaded
and watered (the same goes for the evergreen Nerine undulata) However,
Scilla natalensis firmly remains here a summergrower and winterdormant. 
Zantedeschia aethiopica and Chasmanthe lost their leaves due to frost,
but do not go dormant and  push up new leaves and will flower in a few
weeks time.

Angelo Porcelli a ecrit :
I am quite surprised to hear that for Paul Tyerman S.peruviana (which is
next to bloom for me) is evergreen in Canberra. Here, (that means
virtually in habitat) it 'disappears' in June and come back in October
with the first rains. I was wondering if the S.natalensis could set to a
Mediterranean growth pattern here (winter growing), as do the Crinum
moorei, Zantedeschia aethiopica and Freesia alba.

Lauw de Jager 
BULB'ARGENCE, 30300 Fourques, France

Région:  Provence/Camargue, Climat zone: 9a Mediterranean, dr y
July-August, peak rainfall in autumn, minimum temps -3-7°C (28-21F)
Reference vegetation: Arbutus unedo, Olea europeaea,

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