Rigidella orthantha, was Re: [pbs] Morea polystachya - hardiness continued

Dennis Kramb dkramb@badbear.com
Sat, 27 Nov 2004 05:50:06 PST
I've had very similar weather to you... except for the snow... (no snow yet 
here in Cincinnati)... and I'm surprised that my Rigidella orthantha is 
unfazed by the cold weather thus far.  No sign of bloom, mind you, but the 
foliage continues to grow.

Dennis in Cincinnati

At 07:45 PM 11/26/2004, you wrote:
>Dear All;
>         My first note this season about this species was on Oct 10. Now 
> about 7 weeks later; another report.
>         This fall has been exceptionally mild, but earlier in the week 
> snowfall dropped nearly 10 inches and totally buried this Morea. Temps 
> only dropped to about the mid 20s (F- 03 -4C). Warmer weather has melted 
> all the snow and the Morea is unphased. Open flowers are mostly mashed, 
> but unopened buds look ready to open in a day or two. It has bloom with 
> 1,2 or 3 flowers at a time almost continuously for the past 7 weeks. 
> Inches away are plants of Hippeastrum xjohnsonii and they all have severe 
> frost damage to the foliage while foliage of the Morea is untouched.
>         Continued amazement and enjoying this long blooming and stalwart 
> plant.
>                 Jim W.
>Dr. James W. Waddick
>Near KCI Airport
>Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
>Ph.    816-746-1949
>Zone 5 Record low -23F
>         Summer 100F +
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