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

Jane McGary janemcgary@earthlink.net
Sat, 03 Jun 2006 10:20:49 PDT
I've bought bulbs of Ixiolirion tataricum several times; they're readily 
available from commercial Dutch sources. 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'd like 
to try it from seed, a strategy that often aids success.

As for its distribution and hardiness potential, this is difficult to 
deduce in the case of Central Asian bulbs. Those from the lower valleys may 
be rather tender, and those from higher elevations may require a strict, 
rather dry winter dormancy, just as plants from, say, the Rocky Mountains 
do. Do we know the elevational range of Ixiolirion?

Jane McGary
Northwestern Oregon, USA

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