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

totototo@telus.net totototo@telus.net
Sun, 04 Jun 2006 07:58:06 PDT
On 3 Jun 06, at 10:20, Jane McGary wrote:

> I've bought bulbs of Ixiolirion tataricum several times...
> However, I've never managed to establish them in the garden. I
> don't know whether the bulbs are badly affected by storage and
> shipping, or whether they simply don't tolerate mild, wet winter
> conditions (as might be true of a steppe plant). 

I have a patch here that flowers faithfully every year. I didn't 
plant it -- some former owner did, but he got the site exactly right. 
It's under a row of tall lodgepole pines where the soil is dry. Even 
in mid-winte it's dryish. Almost nothing else will grow there: 
Cyclamen hederifolium, usually a pretty tough plant, barely hangs on.

Perhaps the very acid conditions in a bed of pine needles has 
something to do with the ixiolirion's success? And the site is pretty 
shady, too.

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Maritime Zone 8, a cool Mediterranean climate

on beautiful Vancouver Island

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