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Re: Saruma henryi???


Hi Cindy---Betty Peterson was generous to give me a piece of her SH last
year.  I have it planted in full shade in my woodlands garden area.  It has
done wonderfully from the very beginning.  My soil has a PH of 7.0-7.1.
with very good drainage.  It gets 1 to 1.5 inches of water a week. In April
I gave the plant about a tablespoon of slow release fertilizer.   The plant
had a very nice display of its yellow flowers for about 4 weeks beginning in
late April.  Another flush of flowers began a few days ago.  The plant has
increased nicely and I expect to be able to divide it later this summer.  It
is currently about 16" H by 30" W.  The heart shaped leaves have a soft
quality to them that makes the plant one of my best for that amount of
shade.  It produces quite a few seeds and is expected to self sow but I have
planted some in hopes of speeding up the process.  Tony Avent's Plant
Delights Nursery lists the plant as zone 5-8 at least and sells it for
$20.00.

Hank Zumach
Stoddard, WI
zone 4B
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<shadegardens@maelstrom.stjohns.edu>
Sent: Thursday, July 06, 2000 10:15 AM
Subject: Saruma henryi???


> Hi everone,
>
> I'm looking for any info on Saruma henryi.  Back in winter, I think there
was
> some discussion about this plant and the NARG (Rock Garden society?) had
it
> on their seed list.   It's suppose to be a good plant for shade gardens.
> A friend of mine looked it up on the NARG's seedlist and said there were 2
> donors and they were Moris West from Red Lion, PA  and Nina Lambert from
> Ithaca, NY.  When she asked another friend to add it to her seed order,
she
> was told they didnt have to do that, since that friend had some of the
plant
> already and would share it with her.  And the original plant came from
Betty
> Peterson's garden (same Betty that just had her beautiful garden on the
AHS
> Convention tour this past month).
>
> Well, now I have a piece of it too, and I'd like to learn more about it's
> growing requirements and what to expect of this plant.  I can't find it in
> any of my books.
>
> ANY help would be much appreciated!
> Thanks,
> Cindy Johnson
> White Bear Lake, MN
> zone 4a
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