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Re: OT: Iris family-Cypella coelestis


From: HIPSource@aol.com

Dennis, and any other interested parties,

The RHS Index of Garden Plants says this about this bulb. 

"Flowering stalk 50-60cm, unbranched, flowers 5-6.5 cm. diameter, leaden blue
with a tawny flush and yellow brown spots; outer segments spreading, inner
segments erect, blotched yellow; claw bearded [that is what it says]; style
lilac. Late summer. Brazil, Uruguay to Argentina."

No hardiness zone noted on this one, which means the RHS has no info, but they
give zone 9 as a general guideline for the Cypellae. 

Phillips and Rix in the Random House Book of Bulbs , p.231, picture Cypella
herbertii and say it is the hardiest of the species Cypella and will survive
outside in the south of England if planted in a warm spot. If memory serves,
most of the south of England was rated equivalent to Zone 8 last time I looked
it up, with some few spots that almost made 9.
 
Sounds kewl! Maybe someone with one of Mathew's bulb books will look it up and
see if it says whether he has also tried this one in Sussex. The photo in Rix
is from him and I would not be surprised if the statement on hardiness wasn't
as well. But some tropicals are actually quite tolerant of cold. Native to the
tropics usually means tender, but not invariably.

Anner Whitehead
HIPSource@aol.com

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