Seemannia nemanthoides
Tue, 18 Sep 2012 12:40:46 PDT


Anytime you want to send some seed to the BX many of us would like to have some. 


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Sent: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 12:40:50 PM 
Subject: Re: [pbs] Seemannia nemanthoides 

 Seemannia nemanthoides has got to be one of my favorite plants. Does great in baskets and continues surviving along two walls, one at school (where it is getting crowded out by advancing Crocosmia aurea) and at my old home (we are moving now to a town nearby) where it has done well along a northwest wall.  I suspect rhizomes that go deeper than freezing are able to take cold and wet and regrow when it gets warm.   It blooms about August here, and keeps going till frost. Propagates freely from rhizomes, and also will set copious powder fine seed. 
Ernie DeMarie 
Briarcliff Manor, NY Z 6/7 



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From: Jim McKenney <> 
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Sent: Tue, Sep 18, 2012 12:27 pm 
Subject: [pbs] Seemannia nemanthoides 

Seemannia nematanthoides is blooming now. 

Last year my plant did not start to bloom until late September, and this year it 
seems to be on the same schedule. 

Has anyone known it to bloom earlier? 

This one's a keeper for me. It spent last winter in a cold frame without any 
problems. That makes me think it will survive the winter near the house wall. 
Ernie in New York has successfully wintered it outside near a wall there, so I 
think it'a about time to give it a trial here.   

About the name: IPNI gives the species name as nematanthoides and cites 
nemanthodes as a nomenclatural synonym. If you Google Seemannia nematanthoides, 
you get no hits; if you Google S. nematanthodes, there are loads of hits. Is 
this one of those cases where everyone is wrong except the guy in the ivory 
tower?Or is it a case of the mob playing follow the leader? 

OK, some of you might say that's snarky; is there some other non-snarky 
explanation? Do I hear anyone saying "lapsus calami"? 
Jim McKenney 
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, 39.021954º North, 77.052102º West, USDA zone 7 
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