Ixiolirion tataricum - how hardy and long-lived is it?

Jim McKenney jimmckenney@starpower.net
Sat, 03 Jun 2006 09:20:50 PDT
Winter hardiness for Ixiolirion here in Maryland is not an issue. 

My experience suggests that like Allium caeruleum, it's easy to grow but
needs dry summers. Because the Ixiolirion and the Allium are very
inexpensive as bulbs go, most growers don't take their culture too
seriously. They are both readily available, and have been so for decades.
You would think local gardens would be stuffed with them by now.  I'm
convinced that both require dry summer conditions here. 

I've grown Allium caeruleum and Ixiolirion off and on for decades. Until I
protected the Allium with a glass cover during the summer, it rarely
reappeared or prospered or bloomed after the first year. Now that I cover it
during the summer, it increases prodigiously and blooms very freely yearly. 

I'm not currently growing the Ixiolirion, but it's on the list of plants for
my "summer dry beds". I'm going to try some of the small eastern Asian
lilies such as Lilium cernuum, L. pumilum and L. concolor under these
conditions, too. 

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where the weather has done a
flip flop; it's coolish and wet today, nothing like the nearly suffocating
steam bath earlier this week.  

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