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2019 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 'Ping Pong' ~ Yes, the cultivar name is in reference to the spherical white umbels that open atop 20-inch stems in late spring. If it is in fact a cultivar of Allium aflatunense, it's a relatively petite one. Also a charming one. Steppe; 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 hollandicum ~ Drumstick alliums have been involved in any number of nomenclatural cat-fights. The large, domed, light violet umbels of this taxonomically conflicted species (or hybrid) open atop 3-foot stems in late spring. Our general approach is to enjoy the showy blooms and to leave the botanical wrangling to others. One thing this is NOT is the mass-market cultivar 'Purple Sensation', which sometimes goes under this specific epithet. Steppe/Montane; C Asia. Zone 5.
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Allium jesdianum 'Mars' ~ You want big drumsticks? You got big drumsticks. Zingy 5-inch-wide violet-purple globes rise on 4-foot stems above rosettes of strappy glossy yellow-green leaves in late spring. As with most central Asian onions, 'Mars' 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. Whatever its affiliation, it's another must for the partially shaded edible onion border. Take your ramps game to next level. 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 but far less rambunctious than the alluring A. triquetrum, this well-behaved woodlander carries its white, green-midribbed flowers in upright – rather than side-facing – umbels. 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. 1/$5
Allium victorialis ~ 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 onions for semi-shade. Its leaves are also quite tasty in stews, preserves, and other culinary guises. Modified continental/Montane/Mediterranean; Zone 5.
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Allium victorialis 'Cantabria' ~ This excellent selection of victory onion from uplands of northern Spain is relatively robust in all its parts, attaining twice the size of many other forms. Whether it's also more flavorful is something you'll have to determine for yourself. Modified continental/Montane/Mediterranean; Zone 5.
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Allium 'Emir' ~ The extraordinary purple Sputnik globes of this hybrid of A. rosenbachianum and A. sarawschanicum are accented by spiky seedpods that protrude on elongating pedicels while the inner portions of the inflorescence are still in full flower. The otherworldly umbels hover in geostationary orbit on 3-foot stems in late spring. Steppe/Montane. 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 mix ~ If you've had enough of trying to coax life from the desiccated turd-like objects typically sold as Grecian windflower tubers, you may want to have a go at the plump ones offered here. They've spent their storage life luxuriating in slightly moistened growing medium, rather than shrivelling in dry peat moss (or worse). This drastically increases the odds that they'll bloom madly in your garden next spring. 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 'Hilda' ~ The snowy flowers have a second symmetrical whorl of petals, duplicating the first. Somehow, this seems to heighten their wild beauty, adding substance but without a hint of clumsiness or artifice. The extra petals also help to highlight the central brush of golden stamens. A winning introduction, originating from the wilds of Denmark. Maritime/Modified continental/Continental; 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 alpinum ~ Its dark green leaves (appearing in late winter), pale green spathe, and tawny spadix recall A. maculatum, but the tuber of this rarely offered and highly gardenworthy species differs from lords-and-ladies in being upright rather than horizontal. Despite the specific epithet, it is usually found at low altitudes, and takes readily to most semi-shaded garden niches. Modified continental/Mediterranean; Europe. Zone 5.
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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 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 edging and streaking 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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Convallaria majalis var. transcaucasica ~ Producing relatively long clusters of pink-tinged blooms that are tubbier than those of typical C. majalis, this rarely offered woodlander from the Caucasus is given full species status by some taxonomists. The leaves are also more rounded than those of standard-issue lily of the valley. It makes a nice change from the usual. Modified continental/Montane; Caucasus. Zone 5.
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