Eucomis (was "Mole" deterrent)

Jane McGary
Mon, 19 Dec 2005 09:10:17 PST
Eucomis may deter what they call "moles" in South Africa (which Rogan 
identifies as "mole-rats", apparently a rodent rather than an insectivore), 
but they have no similar effect on actual moles or on voles (rodents), both 
of which frequent my Eucomis planting area.

That said, it's still a great genus to grow, in part because most (all?) of 
the species are winter-dormant and therefore can survive fairly cold 
winters in North America, especially if you plant them deep and mulch over 
them. However, as Rogan implied, the foliage is large and floppy, so 
Eucomis need their own space. An added advantage of the genus is that it 
seems to be very easy to grow from seed.

The purple-foliage forms that are becoming popular seem to need full sun to 
maintain their best color, at least here in the cool Pacific Northwest.

Jane McGary
Northwestern Oregon, USA

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