Tiny bulbs-A rubrovittatum

Lisa and Alec Flaum osthill@htc.net
Thu, 19 Feb 2004 14:15:16 PST
Dear Mark,

Waterloo, IL is about 20 miles south of downtown St. Louis MO
My climate data is in my signature.  It translates to USDA zone 6.
I get about 35 inches of rain a year, which falls as 3 inches a month.
In the winter it falls in quarter inch increments, while summer rains tend
to fall as 3-4 inches every 4-6 weeks, a sort of "modified mediterranean"

A rubrovittatum has been in the ground for 3 years.  It flowers well and is multiplying
nicely, though I have not yet found any seedlings.  I checked the patch earlier today
and there are green shoots at the base of the dried leaves.   This past winter has
been mostly mild,  although the last 2 weeks of Jan, and the first week of Feb were
teens during the day and single digits at night (in farhenheit).  Ice, but no snow cover.
Last winter was very long and consistantly cold; the temp didn't get above freezing for
10 weeks.    Summers are consistantly hot, with temps in the 90's fairly common.
So yeah, I think it is reliably hardy.

Now, if I could just get A. caeruleum to stick around!


Antennaria@aol.com wrote:
> Lisa, from a follow-up message I understand you garden in central USA 
> someplace.  Can you tell us whwre and what you climate and zone are, to give context 
> to the fact you are able to grow Allium rubrovittatum outside.  Do you 
> consider it reliably hardy for you?  How many winters has it survived outdoors?  

Lisa Flaum
Waterloo, IL
central USA
clay soil, Hot humid summers (to 105F, 40C) generally dry, punctuated by gully washers
Cold, wet, cloudy winters, little snow cover, intense freeze/thaw cycle (-10F, -25C)

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