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Re: ornamental grass!


Well gee, Marge, we're not exactly tropical here. ;+)

Even something like Artemisia 'Oriental Limelight', which would be
considered invasive here, can be used, as Ceres does in containers.  What is
important is education.

Kitty
neIN, Z5
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Marge Talt" <mtalt@hort.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Thursday, May 19, 2005 4:16 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] ornamental grass!


> Well, Kitty, the species is a pernicious weed in tropical and
> semi-tropical climates.  I once got an extremely nasty email from
> some naturalist in Florida, castigating me for writing about 'Red
> Baron' in a positive way - I managed to kill mine after a couple of
> years.  Supposedly, 'Red Baron' does not set seed. I have NEVER heard
> of its being invasive - that clone.  And the species won't survive in
> cold winter climates anyway.  I wrote that dude back pointing out
> that I had mentioned the invasive qualities of the species and
> requesting some scientific data confirming that the clone 'Red Baron'
> was invasive and he never replied...so much for him!
>
> Like you've said - 'invasive' depends on where you're growing what.
> Unfortunately, what is happening here, as well as in other parts of
> the world, is that if a plant proves to be invasive in a specific
> climate, it's labeled 'invasive' and starts getting on the banned
> lists.  A really dangerous turn of events, IMO, given where USDA is
> heading.
>
> Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
> mtalt@hort.net
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> > From: Kitty <kmrsy@comcast.net>
> > Auralie: > Imperata koenigii 'Red Baron'  Japanese Blood Grass.
> > I know I've seen it listed that way somewhere, but I think it's an
> old name.
> > Sometimes shown as Imperata cylindrica var.koenigii 'Red Baron'
> > I think it is supposed to be simply Imperata cylindrica 'Red Baron'
> >
> > Ceres,  why would this grass be banned.  It barely survives here.
> The owner
> > of the area grass nursery says it survives for him because he dumps
> loads of
> > snow on it in the winter, otherwise it doesn't make it.
>
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