> >C. purpurascens does not flourish or flower here, and I think it needs a >pronounced winter dormancy and perhaps more summer water, since it does so >well in colder parts of North America. Jane, If anything, I'd say it tends towards a spring dormancy, not winter. Some of my purpurascens are evergreen and can flower pretty much any time they want, but there is a distinct thinning of the leaves on most of them after it warms up in spring, not in the cold of winter. It definitely does like summer watering, as it is in growth again then after it's spring quieter time. Some of mine actually completely lose their leaves in spring, but there are usually at least a couple of leaves on even then. They all have full leaves in winter though. I am just mentioning this in case people try to force their dormant in winter. I realise I have comparatively warm winters (down to -8 or -9'C) but with those temperatures (the purpurascens are not coddled in any way, just left out in their pots through winter) that is how they behave for me. Cheers. Paul T. Canberra, Australia - USDA Zone Equivalent approx. 8/9 Growing an eclectic collection of plants from all over the world including Aroids, Crocus, Cyclamen, Erythroniums, Fritillarias, Galanthus, Irises, Trilliums (to name but a few) and just about anything else that doesn't move!!