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  Re: hardiness of Sauromatum
From: Ellen Hornig hornig at Oswego.EDU> on 2000.07.30 at 15:33:23(5185)
Since Steve Marak mentioned sending me sauromatums (typhoniums) years ago,
I thought I'd better check in with my own report.

The tubers you sent me, Steve, eventually expired in the garden, where I
had planted them in what was probably a much too heavy soil. As best I
remember, I had more in pots; and concluding that they would not be hardy,
I dumped whatever remained into the compost heap. That compost heap was
eventually spread across an area that became a new garden, and last year I
started noticing small sauromatums there. This year there are at least
three good-sized ones (one bloomed) and several little ones.

We are somewhat colder here in upstate NY than Steve is in Arkansas
(though technically only a half-zone colder, we can have long spells where
highs linger in the teens (Fahrenheit) and lows are down to -10F or so,
but these are usually at times when we have good snow cover). In general,
zone 6 herbaceous plants are pretty safe here; for woodies, it's
definitely zone 5.

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