Dichelostemma - TOW

Jamie jamievande@freenet.de
Fri, 30 May 2003 05:46:41 PDT
Jamie Vande    Cologne    Germany    Zone 8

OK, I confess to having given D. ida-maia and D. congestum a try, mainly as my mothers name is Ida-Mai, and, let's be honest, it's a fascinating flower with great colour contrast, D. congestum was a bit ho-hum for me.  To cut to the quick, neither species did well and slowly faded from the garden (maybe not so slowly, bloomed, grew weakly, disappeared!)  I believe the problem was other plants putting them in shadow in the afternoon, which is the hottest and therefore the best bake period.  I have it in the back of my head to try again in a raised, full-sun spot on the rockery, near the Brodieas, which love it there..  I may see about finding PINK DIAMOND, as well.  Do we know if it is true from seed, or does one get hybrid swarms?  Is it even self-fertile? I, like many of us in the group, take a great deal of pleasure in raising from seed.  Takes longer, but it's certainly food for the soul, not to mention the achieved biodiversity.


J. V.

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