non-aroid: Elegia capensis
Re. the Elegia capensis
Yes, some of us are very excited about them and haul them home from
the Bay Area to Seattle in carry-on bags.
There are some great Restios in the Strybing entry garden and you can buy
them at The Dry Garden Nursery and Berkeley Hort Nursery, both in Berkeley.
Ernie Wasson is a great source of information -- find him on the Bay Area
Gardener web site at http://www.gardens.com/story/story.htm.
Martin Grantham, curator of the University of California Botanical Garden,
is probably one of the most knowledgeable growers of Restios in the
Rick Darke's new book, COLOR ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ORNAMENTAL GRASSES : SEDGES,
RUSHES, RESTIOS, CAT-TAILS, AND SELECTED BAMBOOS is one of the few I've
seen covering the topic.
Mike Lee, owner of Colvos Creek Nursery on Vashon Island WA, is growing
quite a few Restios right now -- and he does mail order.
There are a few of us in the Seattle area growing Restios, but we've been
protecting them in the the Zone 8a winters -- they're supposed to be hardy
outside, but after hauling them home on the plane from Berkeley a gallon
pot at a time you hate to take the risk.
And now....back to Amorphophallus, eh?