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Crocosmia and Chasmanthe (Royal Horticultural Society Plant Collector Guide)
Synopses & Reviews
Here at last, these beautiful bulbs are fully described and illustrated. Spring-flowering Chasmanthe is a plant for areas of mild winter, but Crocosmia can endure winter temperatures. They flower from early summer well into fall and provide wonderful displays of warm red and orange when the garden often has little else to offer except annuals. A descriptive list of more than 400 Crocosmia cultivars concludes the complete horticultural account of the genera. Superb watercolors of the species and many of the more important cultivars are complemented by charming pencil sketches of each species in its native habitat.
Book News Annotation:
Despite the fact that Crocosmia and its South African cousin Chasmanthe have long been cultivated, the literature on them is sparse. As a collaboration between Goldblatt (African botany, Missouri Botanical Garden), a South African botanist, and a gardener in Northern Ireland, this reference supplies information about these species' history, classification, and cultivation. Some 400 cultivars are described, including the one commonly known as montbretia. The volume includes specialty nurseries, a glossary, and outstanding illustrations by leading botanical artist Auriol Batten.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
These beautiful bulbs are fully described and illustrated in superb watercolors and pencil sketches of each species in its native habitat.
About the Author
John Manning was born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, and has been a research scientist in the Compton Herbarium at the National Botanical Institute, South Africa, since 1989. He works at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Cape Town, one of the world's great botanical gardens and an important center for research on the African flora. Although he has studied the anatomy, embryology and seed development of plants in diverse families, including the Fabaceae, Proteaceae and Stilbaceae, he has focused his research more recently on the Iridaceae, collaborating on various research projects with Peter Goldblatt. Together they have investigated the evolution and pollination biology of the African genus Lapeirousia and the systematics, pollination systems and evolution of Gladiolus in southern Africa. John and Peter have coauthored several books, including Gladiolus in Southern Africa and various wildflower guides to the southern African flora, the most recent of which was Wildflowers of the Fairest Cape (Redroof Design and Timber Press, 2000). John is also an accomplished botanical artist and photographer; his drawings have been published in numerous books and scientific journals.
Peter Goldblatt is the B.A. Krukoff Curator of African Botany at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis. Throughout his botanical career he has concentrated his attention on the Iridaceae and has shown particular interest in its African members.
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