So which do you believe?
Do you leave it outside in Ohio winter zone 6? I have kept this one sheltered inside for winter, but it stays outside in a planter all summer. But now it is not doing well, so I plan to put it outside this next summer again, tend it well, then just leave it outside for next winter.
This is what my plant looked like in the Spring. I had a small bit of it and nursed it through the winter inside. It seemed to do really well. I am sure it is the variegated variety since it clearly has the white rim to its leaves. That isn’t so obvious in the other photos but it is still there.
I will risk it and keep this one outside for the winter of 2015. Hopefully, if I let it grown thickly and keep it fed and watered (sparingly), I will have a strong plant to survive the winter. I think I may make a deep and large hypertufa planter to plant this in.
Update: I planted this in the Rock Garden at the Community Center. In the open and with deer grazing, it survived the winter of 2015.
How do you feel about the difficulty in knowing who or what to believe? I think you just have to experiment yourself and that is why I will plant mine outside and see if it survives at my house. That is the only way I will know.
And we won’t get into those plants that are incorrectly labeled, right?
That is a whole other RANT!
I will know in the spring if my Erodium reichardii will come back. I will be so sad if it does not. I purchased it locally with the tag showing it hardy in my zone 6, but I have heard from an expert here on my Facebook page that it will not tolerate frost. I was hoping for an herbaceous plant that would come back in the spring! I hold a bit of hope that it will, but I want that plant so badly, I will just get another one and start another inside pot for it if I must. Update: The plant died over the winter, and for the next winter, I brought it inside. And I have brought more each spring. I love it that much!
Wish me luck. Have you had any of these types of experiences? What was the result? Did your plant survive?