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As a comment about Coral Drops (Bessera elegans), jmorth wrote:

Obtained these at an end of season sale just to give them a shot. Impressive results. Bloom starts late summer, last well into fall. Grown in container overwintered dry in basement. Plant is native to Mexico and Texas. Listed Z 8 - 10. Each corm can produce up to 30 bell-shaped, coral red flowers. Hummingbird pollinated.
Close inspection reveals exotic green colored pollen and a most uniquely colored very purple pistil.
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Nov 18, 2011 3:12 PM CST
Jmorth, what an interesting plant. Does it have the same water requirements as the Gloriousa Lily? I see you overwinter it the same way I over winter my G. lily.

I will see about giving this a try.
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jmorth
Nov 19, 2011 1:43 PM CST
Lynn, I grow and overwinter both side by side (left dry in container overwinter; re-pot or freshen pot mid to late spring, place outside when warm enough). The Bessera blooming starts in earnest about the time some of the Gloriosa's start to decline. Definitely worth the effort. I think mine, started with 10, are in a 12" plastic pot. Brent and Becky carries them.
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
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valleylynn
Nov 19, 2011 2:30 PM CST
Thank you jmorth. I had looked them up and did find them at the Brent and Becky web site. I will definitely order some in the spring.

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