Paul Tyerman
Mon, 19 May 2003 16:42:12 PDT
>Veltheimia bracteata is a favorite, too, but I have a horrible confession to 
>make - mine gets almost full sun, even in the summer.  Nonetheless, it has 
>bloomed happily for me for two years now.  It asks for a very short dormant 
>period, remaining nearly evergreen (dormant for about 1 month) as long as I 
>give it plenty to drink.


Nothing horrible about that confession.  I never even knew until this
discussion that it liked shade!!  Mine gets year around sun on a north
facing wall (southern hemisphere remember, so that is HOT) and it thrives
like nothing else.  Multiplies like mad, flowers well and I just love those
wonderfully ruffled deep green leaves.  These ones haven't seen much shade
in their lives at all so it obviously doesn't mind the sun either.  We had
40'C plus last year and it was in the full baking sun so it mustn't harm it
when dormant either.  Ours are sending up buds now which is out of season
here, but we've had a very strange last 18 months as we have heat and
record droughts etc.  A lot of things are flowering strangely now so it
isn't a surprise.


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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