Fritillaria raddeana

Jim McKenney
Thu, 26 Mar 2009 14:08:55 PDT
Fritillaria raddeans must be one very adaptable plant! 

You're growing it successfully under conditions I would never have even

I'm growing it successfully under conditions (dry from late May until I
begin watering again in late October) which would stress to the max the
other plants you mention. 

Hmmm...maybe I'll leave some in the ground for the summer to see what

The name azalea comes from the tolerance some of those plants have for
drought, so the azalea is plausible. Hellebores are tough plants, so they
are plausible, too. And I've seen Lilium superbum growing in dry fields of
parched, cracked soil. But I never would have thought to combine them with
Fritillaria raddeana in a bed open to summer rain. 

At this point I'm pausing to remind myself that there is no arguing with
results. And to tell myself that maybe I should try it, too.

What's that noise? Oh, it's the Fusarium mycelia out in the garden screaming
"yes, do it, do it - we love fritillaries".  

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, 39.03871º North, 77.09829º West, USDA zone
7, where the flowers of Magnolia stellata have survived brief freezing well.

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