Alpine Cannas

James Waddick
Fri, 21 Oct 2011 17:16:37 PDT
>This is fascinating, but who do you know that has actually tried to 
>grow the real, wild-collected species?

Dear Tony,
	I have corresponded with Dr. Tanaka who has travelled to 
southern S. America to collect seeds. He has gone to extraordinary 
lengths, but last I heard has been unable to get C. liliiflora to 
bloom. I think he collected a quantity of seed and they have a long 
shelf life. I think he would welcome a potential grower. I wonder if 
the Atlanta Botanical Garden with their alpine tropical room would be 
able to grow this to flowering.

	I belive he has also seen collected and tried C. iridiflora.

	Parts of New Zealand may hold the right climate to try these. 
		Best	Jim

Dr. James W. Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
Ph.    816-746-1949
Zone 5 Record low -23F
	Summer 100F +

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