Iris anguifuga

Don Hackenberry
Tue, 13 Mar 2007 08:47:46 PDT
Dear Jim,

    I want to become a Chinese herbalist!  I intend to get Iris anguifuga,
but I don't want to keep snakes away, I like having them in the garden.  Too
bad the mice don't;  I only wish they got hungry oftener.

    Now, how to say it kindly and gently:  "This species has been grown by
Chinese herbalist for centuries, but never brought into cultivation
until..."  That's what an English boy would say!  I've said it myself.  I've
said I introduced Rosa achburensis to cultivation, when what I meant was I
introduced it to cultivation outside Central Asia.  I said it more
accurately in letters and catalogues, but more loosely in conversation.
E-mail is more like conversation.



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