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  Elegia capensis
From: Piabinha at aol.com on 1999.10.15 at 15:45:57(3756)
hi everybody,

i just got back from a wonderful week in SF. i saw this plant, family
Restionaceae, at a shop. can anyone tell me more about it? is this a good
plant to grow? does anyone grow it? i have never heard of this family
before.

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From: Diane Laird DianeLaird at compuserve.com> on 1999.10.16 at 08:31:31(3758)
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
country. http://www.mip.berkeley.edu/garden

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.
http://www.colvoscreek.qpg.com/

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?

Diane Laird

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