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Re: game for the day....

The only Lavatera I've grown is 'Barnsely', which does quite well.  We got
it because we'd heard it is hardier than most.  I got that Zone 8 for
L.thuringiaca from RHS, which does tend to err on the tender side - but 3
zones?  You're doing well with it!

We have tried several varieties of Perennial Sweet Pea, Lathyrus latifolius
and none have survived here in Zone 5a, so I've tended to believe the Zone 6
rating.  Apparently we've been trying the wrong ones!  Will have to look for
those.  The other problem I had in identifying that one is that, although
Donna took a great picture, it is just the flower with a little stem and no
description of height or habit, other than the oblique 'weeedy'.  That's why
I thought possibly another legume.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Christopher P. Lindsey" <lindsey@mallorn.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, July 04, 2004 12:35 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] game for the day....

> > Chris - this is the game of the DAY, not the first half hour of the day!
> Ooops, sorry.  :)
> > I'm going to agree and disagree on some, though much is a guess:
> >
> > 4. Could be Lavatera thuringiaca, but that's zone 8 - is it a
> I've actually been growing it successfully here in zone 5b for a couple
> of years.  Michigan State University lists it as zone 5 also:
>    http://www.msue.msu.edu/imp/modzz/00002297.html
> > 8.  Could be a self sowing sweet pea, the vining Lathyrus odoratus (A)
or L.
> > latifolius (P-but usually to Z6).  But I think it is probably another
> > Legume, will have to work on it.    BTW, Lathyrus vernus, Spring
> > (P) is hardy for you.
> I've also grown Lathyrus latifolius in Chicago as a perennial -- both
> 'Blushing Bride' and 'Red Shades' are doing well and came produce vines
> up to 4' high.  Michigan State lists that one has hardy to zone 3:
>    http://www.msue.msu.edu/imp/modzz/00002142.html
> So I'm going to stick by my guesses.  :)
> Good call on the Scabiosa and Impatiens!
> Chris
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