Galanthus peshmenii hardiness

Jane McGary
Tue, 24 Jul 2007 17:01:56 PDT
John Lonsdale asked about winter hardiness of Galanthus peshmenii (a 
fall-blooming species from southwestern Turkey) and Scilla vincentina (I 
think the correct form of the name may be S. vincentii? I got it under both 
versions at different times).

I'm pretty sure G. peshmenii would be at least as winter-hardy as G. 
reginae-olgae. One thing I noticed about G. peshmenii in the wild is that 
it grows in extremely well-drained positions, such as in steep cut banks 
and even in the detritus on top of big boulders. I hope I didn't kill my 
pot of it by bringing it into the sunroom last winter when we had a very 
hard freeze in December; I'll turn it out soon and find out.

S. vincentii/vincentina does fine in my bulb frames where it gets down to 
20 degrees F sometimes, and it self-sows between the pots too. I think it's 
a good candidate for the open garden in moderate climates and will try some 
there myself this year.

Jane McGary
Northwestern Oregon, USA

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