Added photos to Crinum and Zephyranthes pages

J.E. Shields
Wed, 16 Jun 2004 12:15:45 PDT
Dear all,

I can second the remarks of Jay Yourch.  In particular, the winter 
hardiness of crinums is usually under appreciated.  I have a row of 
seedlings of Crinum [bulbispermum X lugardiae] that have survived two 
winters outdoors in the ground here in central Indiana, with only a good 
layer of mulch over them in winter.  There were blooms on three of those 
plants just now.

C. variabile is also pretty hardy outdoors here, as is C. x-powellii and -- 
in well-protected spots -- even C. Ellen Bosanquet.

Let's hear if for the Crinums!

Jim Shields
in wet central Indiana

At 02:57 PM 6/16/2004 -0400, you wrote:
>The reasons for this are unknown to me but I suspect two problems.  First is
>that the cold tolerance for many Crinum has been underestimated by most
>literature.  Second is that the bulbs are expensive relative to other
>herbaceous perennials.  However, when considering that many multiply well,
>will outlive the gardener who planted them, getting better each and every
>year, providing a lifetime of enjoyment, Crinum are a bargain.
>Jay Yourch

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