invasive???

Hansen Nursery robin@hansennursery.com
Wed, 14 Feb 2018 10:29:02 PST
From Michael Mace....." . If we compile a separate list and label it
"invasive" or "potentially invasive," I am afraid that it could be misused
by people who are trying to ban all cultivation of non-native plants."

Michael is absolutely correct.  Crocosmia is an excellent example.  Perhaps
there are named hybrids that don't spread as badly or don't spread at all in
hotter, drier climates.  Who am  I to deprive someone of 'Lucifer'
(Brilliant red Crocosmia hybrid) if they can barely keep it alive.  Here on
the southwest coast it is a major problem, especially because it is a bulb
and is quite capable of remaining dormant for years until uncovered.

Then there is a concern for Cyclamen coum getting out of hand on Vancouver
Island, BC.  I will tell you that mine, mature as they are, are having a
very tough time in my garden resisting the onslaught of two tennis-ball
crazed dogs, and even where I dump old potting soil, C. repandum is actually
doing rather well compared to C. coum.  Life is in the nuance and even more
so in our gardens.

And let us not forget the rumor mill among gardeners -- So and so will say
"Oh, that's on the noxious weed list."  Well, I checked the noxious weed
list for Oregon and it's not there at all in any format.  Not that it should
or shouldn't be, but word of mouth needs to be verified from various
sources, i.e. history of native habitat, climate and micro-climate, growers'
experiences, etc.  Whenever I'm reading about a plant I particularly want to
grow, I check habitat, soil and so on and run it through my mental software
that translates where it's being grown into my particular micro-growing
conditions.

Robin Hansen
Hansen Nursery
robin@hansennursery.com


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