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2018 CATALOG BY GENUS
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Allium
Anemone
Arisaema
Arum
Camassia
Chionodoxa
Convallaria
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Colchicum
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Fall Crocus
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Spring Crocus
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Corydalis
Eranthis
Erythronium
Fritillaria
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Galanthus
Geranium
Gladiolus
Hyacinthoides
Ipheion
Iris
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Leucojum
Muscari
Narcissus
Nectaroscordum
Ornithogalum
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Ostrowskia
Polygonatum
Puschkinia
Ranunculus
Scilla
Tulipa
ALLIUM
Ornamental onion

The onion tribe includes hundreds of species, scores of which make good garden plants. Their diminutive to stately stems terminate in dome-shaped to spherical clusters of purple, pink, blue, white, or yellow flowers. The leaves can be grassy or strappy, with some species producing broad, bold, colorful foliage. The flower scapes and leaves arise directly from slender to plump bulbs that carry an idiosyncratic fragrance. Many of the most beautiful ornamental onions are rare in cultivation. Prepare to meet some of them here.

Allium aflatunense wild form ~ Bearing dense, bright-violet umbels on 4-foot stems, this clone – originating with a bulb collected by Janis Ruksans in the Chaktal Range of Uzbekistan – is a far departure (and a refreshing one at that) from the mass market material sold under this name. Steppe; Uzbekistan. Zone 5.
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Allium akaka ~ File this under "Cool and Unusual Onions." Long broad glaucous leaves (or sometimes a single leaf) emerge in spring, their curving blades describing a ground-to-ground arch. The 3- to 4-inch domes of dusty-pink flowers are held on stout scapes that barely clear the leaves. This singular plant is exceedingly rare in the trade, as they say. Steppe; E Turkey. Zone 5.
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Allium cupuliferum ~ The flowerheads of this beautiful species undergo a fascinating metamorphosis, opening in mid-May as tight, featherduster umbels, which – as the flower pedicels lengthen – gradually transmute into shaggy pale-violet pincushions on 2-foot scapes. Steppe/Montane; C Asia. Zone 5.
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Allium jesdianum 'Pendjikent' ~ Tall, wide, and handsome. Four- to five-foot-tall stems topped with large showy lilac-purple globes arise from rosettes of exceptionally broad strappy leaves in late spring. As with most central Asian onions, 'Pendjikent' does best with full sun and relatively mild summer conditions. Attempts to grow it in the deep South or in damp heavy soil will likely end in misery for the plant and the grower. Steppe/Montane; Tajikistan. Zone 5.
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Allium litwinowii ~ We have a thing for blue alliums, which means we HAD to have this thing, perhaps the most beautiful of the bunch. Dense, violet-tinged, luminous blue domes on relatively compact stems (15 inches) provide a cyanean exclamation point in late spring. As with all the blue onions, sun and good drainage are non-negotiable. Steppe/Montane; Uzbekistan. Zone 5.
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Allium nevskianum ~ In the mode of - but in every way superior to - A. karataviense, this rarely offered beauty bears large, short-stemmed umbels of red-purple flowers in May above broad, paired, blue-green basal leaves. A better "doer" than its familiar cousin. Steppe/Montane; Tajikistan. Zone 5.
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Allium ochotense ex South Korea (Allium victorialis ssp. platyphyllum) ~ East Asian representatives of the Allium victorialis tribe are rare in cultivation. The plants offered here derive from material collected from the forests of South Korea. Taxonomic lumpers place this putative species under Allium victorialis. Modified continental/Montane. Zone 5.
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Allium oreophilum 'Agalik Giant' ~ A. oreophilum, writ large. In every way – size, intensity of color, form – it far outstrips any of its cultivated kind that have gone before. The showy, deep carmine-rose flowers strut their stuff in June. Montane/Steppe; C Asia. Zone 4.
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Allium pendulinum ~ Very close to the alluring A. triquetrum, and like that species favoring partial shade and moist woodsy soil, this beauty differs in that its white, green-midribbed flowers occur in a symmetrical – rather than one-sided – umbel. In our experience it's also far less inclined to spread itself around. Mediterranean; S Central Europe. Zone 6.
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Allium protensum ~ Its huge, starburst, sci-fi flowerheads on compact scapes show obvious affinities to the considerably less cold-hardy A. schubertii, but the rarity and unusual coloring of this Central Asian onion give it an added dose of cool. Each umbel comprises numerous light purplish-tan, green tinged blooms that bristle on pedicels of unequal lengths, creating a Sputnik effect. The blue-green leaves are showy in their own right. Ample sun is required, as is well-drained soil in areas not blessed with a steppe climate. Steppe/Montane; C Asia. Zone 5.
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Allium rosenbachianum ~ Here we have the Real McCoy not one of the imposters usually traded under this name. Large (up to 5-inch-wide) globes of luminous, deep violet-purple crown 24- to 30-inch scapes in late May and early June, over broad, bright-green basal leaves which are arresting in their own right (as our photo attests). Zounds. Requires sun and good drainage. Steppe/Montane; Tajikistan. Zone 5.
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Allium ursinum ~ The European analog to our native wild leek (A. tricoccum), this shade-loving onion is worth growing not only for its heads of white flowers in mid-spring but also for its handsome broad leaves. The leaves and bulbs once figured in the diets of cultures throughout its range. Thus the rash of common names, including bear's garlic and gypsy onion. Modified continental/Maritime/Mediterranean; Europe. Zone 5. SOLD OUT
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Allium victorialis 'Cantabria' ~ With its broad, stalked, convallarian leaves, accompanied in late spring and early summer by clusters of green-tinged white flowers on sturdy 20-inch stems, Allium victorialis is one of the best ornamental (and edible) onions for light shade. This excellent selection from uplands of northern Spain is relatively robust in all its parts. Modified continental/Montane/Mediterranean; Zone 5.
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ANEMONE
Windflower

Windflowers occur in a wide range of guises and habitats throughout the north-temperate zones. "Wood anemones" such as the European A. nemorosa and the American A. quinquefolia make excellent shade-garden subjects, forming networks of stick-like rhizomes that give rise in spring to lobed leaves and dainty white or blue flowers. Less woodsy, more sunny sites are well-suited to tuberous windflowers such as A. blanda, which will self-sow obligingly where happy.

Anemone blanda 'Enem' ~ Possessing good vigor and large, deep-sky-blue flowers, 'Enem' is also exceptional in its provenance – an outlier population in the northwest Caucasus Mountains, far to the north of the species' main range. Give it light shade and well-drained (but NOT arid) soil. Modified continental/Montane. Zone 5.
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Anemone × lipsiensis (Anemone × seemanii) The gorgeous soft sulfur-yellow flowers of this hybrid of A. nemorosa and A. ranunculoides make the perfect complement to pulmonarias and other blue-flowered early-season perennials. Twiggy rhizomes spread gradually into colonies. The ephemeral foliage dies back in late spring. Divisions. Zone 5.Maritime/Modified continental/Continental; Europe to NW Asia. Zone 5.
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Anemone nemorosa 'Blue Eyes' ~ We are always happy to have rhizomes to spare of what may just be our favorite selection of European wood anemone. The name refers to the fittingly eye-catching azure-blue centers of the double white flowers. We can't get enough of them. Maritime/Modified continental/Continental; Europe to NW Asia. Zone 5.
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Anemone nemorosa 'Bracteata Pleniflora' ~ Introduced to gardens more than 400 years ago, this cultivar still fascinates and charms with its frilly white blooms collared by ruffs of green, white-streaked bracts. Showy and vigorous. Maritime/Modified continental/Continental; Europe to NW Asia. Zone 5.
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Anemone nemorosa 'Ice and Fire' ~ The ice does indeed come first on this recently introduced cultivar, in the form of large single blooms that open white. They gradually morph to rose-pink, however, with traces of white remaining at their centers and tips, resulting in a whimsical mosaic of flowers in various stages of color transformation. Maritime/Modified continental/Continental; Europe to NW Asia. Zone 5.
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Anemone nemorosa 'Swedish Pink' ~ The pale rose-pink flowers of this recent introduction give a little foretaste of the fall anemone season. Their reverses are deeper in hue. Growth is somewhat more compact than that of the typical species. Maritime/Modified continental/Continental; Europe to NW Asia. Zone 5.
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Anemone nemorosa 'Vestal' ~ The 'Vestal' version of the double-flowered European wood anemones bears dapper, intricately fashioned, pure-white (what other kind of white would you expect from a vestal version?) pompons in mid-spring. Somehow "pompons" seems at odds with the other imagery going on here, but that's the best we can come up with at this moment. Maritime/Modified continental/Continental; Europe to NW Asia. Zone 5.
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Anemone nemorosa 'Viridescens' ~ All floral parts of this fascinating curiosity have returned to leafhood, forming ferny green ruffs in lieu of blooms. Riveting, in a twisted way. Maritime/Modified continental/Continental; Europe to NW Asia. Zone 5.
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Anemone ranunculoides 'Pleniflora' ~  Double-flowered form of a cheerfully brash anemone that draws in visitors from a distance when its golden-yellow blooms open in mid-spring. Give it light shade and well-drained, humus rich soil, and it will spread to form a large clump. Maritime/Modified continental; Belgium to Siberia. Zone 4.
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ARISAEMA
Jack in the pulpit; cobra lily
 
Arisaema flavum ssp. tibeticum ~ Larger and showier in bloom than others of the species, this rarely offered eastern-Himalayan native bears bright yellow, erect to arching spathes on strong stems that can reach 18 inches tall. It inhabits dry rocky slopes in the wild and dilikes wet feet (we can identify with that), so give it porous gritty soil. Montane/Subtropical; S China to NE India. Zone 6.
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ARUM
Lords and ladies; cuckoo pint
 
Arum elongatum ~ An arum for the fore-border or rock garden, in spring sending up a less-than-stately 8-inch purple spathe that shades to a greenish-white flame at its center (with a velvety purple spadix). The pseudostem doubles in length as the season progresses, in autumn displaying a cob of bright-red fruit. Modified continental; E Europe. Zone 5.
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Arum euxinum ~ A beautiful and singular (and rarely offered) arum, which lifts pale green, wine-stained, slightly hooded spathes above unlobed leaves in early spring, this close relative of A.hygrophilum is also remarkable for its provenance: the Black Sea Coast region of Northern Turkey, an area that hosts some of the best "bulbs" for cold temperate gardens, including Colchicum speciosum and Crocus speciosus. The purplish-tan, fragrance-free spadix is framed by the spathe's white, maroon-edged interior. Typically occurring in moist habitats, A.euxinum is well suited for lightly shaded sites in gardens that are too cold and damp to happily accommodate most other Middle Eastern arums. Modified continental; N Turkey. Zone 5.
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Arum rupicola ssp. rupicola ~ This stately aroid produces large, smokey-purple spathes and spadices on 2-foot stalks in late spring. Arrow-shaped leaves emerge in late fall. Dislikes summer sogginess, so site accordingly. Steppe/Mediterranean; S Turkey. Zone 6.
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CAMASSIA
Wild hyacinth; quamash
 
Camassia leichtlinii 'Alba' ~ This is one of those nomenclatural oddities – a named white-flowered "selection" of a white-flowered species (the blue-flowered members of the species properly belonging under subspecies suksdorfii.) But it's too lovely a thing to waste time quibbling over. Handsome creamy-white flowers hover in long, open spikes on 3-foot stems in late spring. Steppe/Maritime; NW US. Zone 5.
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CHIONODOXA
Glory of the snow
Chionodoxa forbesii 'Blue Mound' ~ Large clusters of rich violet-blue, white-eyed flowers make for one of the showiest and deepest-hued glory-of-the-snow selections we've seen (and it's new to the catalog this year). This cultivar and all that follow are happiest in light shade or sun and humus-rich soil. Mediterranean; S Turkey. Zone 5.
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Chionodoxa forbesii lilac blue ~ We received this vigorous variety under an incorrect name ('Zwanenburg', to be exact) a few years ago, and it's impressed us ever since. The large, pale lavender-blue flowers have recurved segments decorated with sky-blue midstripes. Mediterranean; S Turkey. Zone 5.
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Chionodoxa forbesii 'Zwanenburg' ~ Among the most vigorous, obscure, and outstanding selections of this beloved early-blooming species, 'Zwanenburg' bears clusters of large blue flowers along stems that reach a vertiginous 10 inches in height. Each blossom has the customary white eye. We have received two different clones under this name; we believe this is the correctly identified one. Mediterranean; S Turkey. Zone 5.
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Chionodoxa sardensis ~ The clustered blooms of this charming little snow-glory are a saturated, boraginaceous, October-sky-blue. White anthers accent the flowers' centers. Light shade or sun and well-drained, humus-rich soil are ideal. Mediterranean; W Turkey. Zone 5.
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Chionodoxa sardensis dark form ~ Going the species one-shade-of-blue deeper, this selection is about as cerulean as it gets. Mediterranean; W Turkey. Zone 5.
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CONVALLARIA
Lily of the valley
Convallaria majalis 'Albostriata' ~ One of the most spectacular variegated plants for shade, this heavily cream-striped selection of lily of the valley puts most hostas to shame. It's a slow increaser, behaving more as a clumper than as a vigorous "spreader". Modified continental/Maritime/Montane/Mediterranean; N Temperate Region. Zone 4.
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Convallaria majalis 'Hardwick Hall' ~ Creamy-yellow margins and streaks decorate the blue-green leaves of this elegant but vigorous variegated selection of lily of the valley. Modified continental/Maritime/Montane/Mediterranean; N Temperate Region. Zone 4.
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Convallaria majalis 'Prolificans' ~ "But wait," you say, "lily of the valley is already prolific enough." We have a different kind of proliferation here, however. Each individual bell-flower is multiplied into a dense cluster of smaller, cup-shaped blossoms. From a distance, it reads as a double-flowered form, even though it isn't, botanically speaking. Although moist well-drained soil and semi-shade suit it best, it will adapt to much worse. Modified continental/Maritime/Montane/Mediterranean; N Temperate Region. Zone 4.
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Convallaria majalis var. rosea ~ The usual convallarian swaths of leathery oval leaves give rise in this case to scapes set with fragrant dangling bells of soft purplish pink. Modified continental/Maritime/Montane/Mediterranean; N Temperate Region. Zone 4.
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