hornig@usadatanet.net hornig@usadatanet.net
Fri, 03 Mar 2006 05:59:52 PST
Two years ago I gave some Rhodohypoxis baurii to the guy who designs my
catalog and website, and he planted them directly in his garden in
"downtown" Oswego (so more sheltered than at my more rural hilltop
location, and with plenty of snow cover, of course).  Last spring he
reported that they popped up and bloomed just fine (he has the photo to
prove it, and it's on the website).  Of course I then put a bunch into my
garden, and will be curious to see if any return, as it's been a totally
bizarre and atypical winter here.

I also set out a few Hypoxis hemerocallidea that I raised from seed, so we
shall see whether or not any of them return  -also some Cyrtanthus
breviflorus, which Aaron Floden reports are hardy for him in Kansas.  One
never knows - especially here in the snow belt - and it's always fun to try.

Ellen Hornig
Seneca Hill Perennials
Oswego NY  USDA zone 5

Original Message:
From: J.E. Shields jshields@indy.net
Date: Fri, 03 Mar 2006 08:25:19 -0500
To: pbs@lists.ibiblio.org
Subject: Re: [pbs] Hypoxis

Don, Mark and all,

Rhodohypoxis baurii is supposed to be somewhat hardy, and we have 
cold-hardy native Hypoxis, so breeding hardy, multicolored hybrids would be 
a nice idea.  A South African Hypoxis I have sets seeds all by itself every 
summer, blooming in a pot on my deck.  These seeds appear in the pots 
around its pot from time to time as seedlings.  Are Hypoxis a bit on the 
weedy side?

I winter this Hypoxis in its pot, dry under a bench in the greenhouse.  I 
tried one of its siblings in the rock garden over winter -- it did not

Jim Shields
in central Indiana

At 08:05 PM 3/2/2006 -0500, you wrote:
>Dear Mark and All,
>     It's been on my mind for some years, tried crosspollinating with
>toothpicks, but never got to first base:  wonder if it's possible to cross
>Hypoxis hirsuta and Rhodohypoxis baurii?  The hoped for result is something
>like a slightly hardier Rhodohypoxis.
>pbs mailing list

Jim Shields             USDA Zone 5             Shields Gardens, Ltd.
P.O. Box 92              WWW:    http://www.shieldsgardens.com/
Westfield, Indiana 46074, USA
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