I have grown Helicodiceros for years in pots wintered over|
in a cool frost-free greenhouse where it is just now emerging for the
year. I also have a single small plant on a sloped bank facing west
that has grown for a few years (3 or 4) without any special
protection. Each year this plant slowly gets larger and perhaps in
some mild winter -not this one - it will grow enough to bloom.
I have sent tubers to friends in cold climates encouraging
them to try similar exposures and test for hardiness.
I have found this to be something of pot weed with even small
pieces of tuber sending up growth in many pots with reused soil kept
While I have the 'stage' - Does anyone know where one can
acquire the white/yellow/cream flowered forms of Dracunculus
I'd call Dracunculus totally hardy here in my area, but
Helicodiceros still unproven.
Best Jim Waddick
Dr. James W. Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
Zone 5 Record low -23F
Summer 100F +
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