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Perennials: Anyone have Kalimeris incisa 'Blue Star'?

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rouge21

(Zone 5b)

June 21, 2012
5:12 PM

Post #9174922

http://www.perennials.com/plants/kalimeris-incisa-blue-star.html

I really want to plant one or two of these in my garden this summer but space and light are at a premium.

Can you tell me how tall and wide one your 'Blue Star' gets by the end of the season?

Is it possible for them to perform in less than full sun? I say that as I have a spot in mind that will get about 4 hours of very good sun per day.

Do they require lots of water? More and more I want plants that are water conserving.

Any chance you have a picture of your plants that you could post?

Thanks for your experience.

This message was edited Jun 21, 2012 8:38 PM
Ispahan
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

August 13, 2012
8:20 PM

Post #9240735

Rouge21,

Did you ever find out more information about this plant? I am also curious about it. It is often recommended for the south, so perhaps it is quite heat and drought tolerant?
rouge21

(Zone 5b)

August 16, 2012
4:19 PM

Post #9243971

Hello 'Ispahan', I have had two "Incisa Blue" in the ground for about 5 weeks. They are definitely heat and drought tolerant. Both plants have always been in heavy flower...even as young transplants.
birder17
Jackson, MO
(Zone 6b)

August 21, 2012
5:29 PM

Post #9249437

rouge: Please keep us posted. It sounds like such an easy plant to grow. I am wondering if it will be somewhat aggressive.
rouge21

(Zone 5b)

August 21, 2012
5:59 PM

Post #9249457

"birder", I have no reason to think that it will spread. Each plant seems compact and well behaved.
rouge21

(Zone 5b)

August 22, 2012
9:43 AM

Post #9250012

FWIW here is a picture of one of mine taken today (it has been in the ground for about 5 weeks). It looks better in person than it does in the photo:

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

August 26, 2012
9:43 AM

Post #9254321

It's an extremely hardy plant that does well here too, and is late blooming. We get about 12 inches of precipitation in a year, so it seems quite tolerant of low moisture - we don't get the heat that you get in the south though.
Here it gets to a little over 30 inches in a season. It's not invasive.
rouge21

(Zone 5b)

August 26, 2012
11:35 AM

Post #9254418

'alta', I bought my first two 'blue stars' in early July and both were blooming at that time (and of course are continuing to bloom). I am curious as to when they begin to bloom for you come spring/summer.
birder17
Jackson, MO
(Zone 6b)

August 26, 2012
6:48 PM

Post #9254790

rouge, I just get a little worried about a plant when it performs in all kinds of soil and all kinds of climates. I guess it just sounds too go to be true. It's a very pretty plant.
rouge21

(Zone 5b)

August 27, 2012
5:04 AM

Post #9255088

One thing I notice about this particular 'Kalemeris' is that in very low light the plant almost glows due to its flower colour. It's cool.
altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

August 28, 2012
11:57 AM

Post #9257120

[quote="rouge21"]'alta', I bought my first two 'blue stars' in early July and both were blooming at that time (and of course are continuing to bloom). I am curious as to when they begin to bloom for you come spring/summer.[/quote]
They bloom in August here... of course, I'm probably a great deal farther north than you are (though you haven't indicated what part of the world you garden in).


altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

August 28, 2012
12:00 PM

Post #9257123

[quote="birder17"]rouge, I just get a little worried about a plant when it performs in all kinds of soil and all kinds of climates. I guess it just sounds too go to be true. It's a very pretty plant.[/quote]

Most commonly-available garden plants do perform in all sorts of soil and all sorts of climates... if they didn't, it wouldn't be worth large-scale propagation and sales by the big vendors. It doesn't mean it's an invasive plant or that it seeds around any more than any other garden perennial (and believe me, they all seed around with time).

rouge21

(Zone 5b)

August 28, 2012
12:08 PM

Post #9257136

[quote="altagardener"]
They bloom in August here... of course, I'm probably a great deal farther north than you are (though you haven't indicated what part of the world you garden in).
[/quote]

I garden in a Canadian zone 5b so I have no doubt that they bloom for sure in July...maybe even early July. (I realize the one I planted in July was well in bloom possibly due to it being nursery stock and so would be accelerated)
birder17
Jackson, MO
(Zone 6b)

September 4, 2012
9:11 AM

Post #9264520

I think this is a really neat little plant. I had not heard of it before and don't remember seeing it in this area. Maybe, I have just over looked it. I would be interested in having it.
I hope I haven't offended anyone by my comments.
rouge21

(Zone 5b)

September 4, 2012
11:53 AM

Post #9264690

[quote="birder17"]I think this is a really neat little plant.[/quote]

I have now planted 3 of these in various parts of my garden this season. What I am interested in now is when this plant will begin to flower come the spring/summer.


[quote="birder17"]I hope I haven't offended anyone by my comments.[/quote]

Not at all "birder".
arfitz
Caldwell, NJ
(Zone 6a)

September 5, 2012
11:21 AM

Post #9265877

I just Purchased a Blue Starin a 2.3 gal size pot. Here is the information that came on the insert card: Compact, clump forming Perennial covered with a profusion of pale bluish white, daisy like flowers throughout the Summer. Tolerates heat , drought, and high humidity. Great for borders
Mature size 18", exposure: Full sun to part shade. Hardiness zone 5 to 9. Water throughly as needed, fertilize in early Spring. Hope this helps
Al Fitzburgh
rouge21

(Zone 5b)

September 12, 2012
2:57 PM

Post #9273321

It appears that my 3 'incisa blues' are almost finished blooming for the season. This may in part be due to the fact that this is their first season in my garden so maybe not as robust as they will be in subsequent years...maybe in bloom till frost?

This message was edited Sep 12, 2012 6:07 PM
rouge21

(Zone 5b)

September 12, 2012
3:04 PM

Post #9273328

[quote="arfitz"]Hardiness zone 5 to 9[/quote]

It seems that the tag is being much too conservative with respect to its hardiness as DG member Altagardner as them in her zone 3 garden.

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