I bought a plant of P. mollissima after remembering it growing way up in Andes in Peru and the farm owner saying they get heavy frosts and it does well. So far so good here - it seems to be completely unaffected by the frost, snow, wind, etc we've had even though it gets overhead protection by a large cedar tree and on a fence. I'm kinda surprised its doing so well considering the Heliotropiums are already fried to a crisp. Should I expect some die-back or are they pretty good in 8b mild?
how old is your plant? I have left the same one outside as well as a number of other varieties to see if they would winter for me in Chilliwack. Even though it's hit -5C, so far so good for most of them, although I think the snowcover has helped alot . I'm sure I'll see alot more damage if we get some outflow winds without any snowcover. Keep us posted on how yours does the rest of this winter and into spring.
My plant is new from a 4" pot and grew quite a bit this summer. It looks as good now as it did at the end of summer. I guess I'm kinda surprised. Let me know how some of your other ones come through the winter. Chilliwack is 8b?
Well it looks like my mollisima survived this past winter and is putting on lots of new growth. Other survivors were belotii, Betty Myles Young, Lavender Lady, caerulea, incarnata in the ground and Constance Elliot and violacea in a large container. I also spotted some of last years non-stop begonias popping up this morning so I guess winter really must of been mild. Here's last years Constance Elliot.
I know the place you got it from, a wonderful little nursery in my back yard. I'm glad to here it's doing well for you.
I grew my original plant from seed I ordered from JL Hudson Seeds a few years back. Germinated quickly, in about 2 weeks and flowered about a year and a half later in the greenhouse.
Jim, thanks for the plant! You had a bunch of other stuff I wanted. I was in the VanDusen library booth next to yours and thanks for the freebee New Guinea Impatiens at the end of the show. The Tibouchina I got from you was an awesome performer. Dmail me your website/list for this year.
I had suspicions P. mollissima would do ok if sited right as I found it in some very cold areas of Peru. The fruit was pretty tasty.