Calla palustris

Alani Davis
Thu, 08 Mar 2007 14:14:42 PST
Canna palustris is a great plant for those who see its charms. It has grown
well for me and bloomed annually for a number of years in an unlikely
latitude here in north Florida along with bogbean, Menyanthes trifoliata,
both of which were originally from Eagle River, Wisconsin. I grew them in a
large pot of mucky sand with soil surface with 2 inches of the water surface
in either direction depending on fluctuation of the water garden they were
in. I may still have it but it took a hit when after moving it was in a
temporary situation in an above ground pool which burst allow the plants to
bake in August sun for a week without water before the situation was
discovered. Oh the heartaches, but we go on. I think I will restrain from
singing but a nice plant all the same!

Alani Davis
Tallahassee, Florida
Zone 8b

-----Original Message-----
From: []
On Behalf Of Jim McKenney
Sent: Wednesday, March 07, 2007 8:19 PM
To: 'Pacific Bulb Society'
Subject: Re: [pbs] Calla palustris

I'll join the chorus for Calla palustris; but since I'm about to sing off
key, you'll probably want to kick me out!

Yes, it's a beguiling little plant, and I would be very happy to have it
established in my garden.

However, I've tried it twice over the years, and it has never survived more
than two summers. In wet boggy ground it disappeared during the summer; in
water it simply dissolved. 

I think both accessions came from far northern populations, and that might
explain the problems I had. I'll be glad to hear from anyone who knows of a
source of plants from near the southern limits of their distribution. 

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7 where nasty winter weather is
back upon us.  
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