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2016 CATALOG BY GENUS
Allium
Anemone
Arisaema
Arum
Bellevalia
Camassia
Chionodoxa
Colchicum
Convallaria
Corydalis
Fall Crocus
Spring Crocus
Eranthis
Erythronium
Fritillaria
Galanthus
Geranium
Gladiolus
Hyacinthoides
Ipheion
Iris
Leucojum
Merendera
Muscari
Narcissus
Nectaroscordum
Ornithogalum
Pinellia
Polygonatum
Puschkinia
Ranunculus
Scilla
Sternbergia
Tecophilaea
Tulipa

LEUCOJUM (Amaryllidaceae)
Snowflake
 
Leucojum autumnale ~ Elizabeth Lawrence grew and treasured this hardiest of the fall-blooming snowflakes, pronouncing it the "most adorable bulb I know (other than Narcissus assoanus)." The flowers are minute crystalline bells, one or two to a 6-inch scape, hung on hairlike pedicels. The leaves emerge shortly after the flowers. It relishes sun and well-drained soil, and is thus one of the best bulbs for rock gardens. The taxonomists have decided that all the fall-blooming leucojums should go by the generic name Acis, but we need a little time to warm to that concept. Mediterranean; W Mediterranean. Zone 5.
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Leucojum autumnale 'September Snow' ~ Sometimes snow in autumn can be good. Small sculpted sugary white bellflowers nod from wiry scapes in late September and October. For those who like their autumn snowflakes as white as the driven snow, this selection is completely unadulterated by the pink undertones found in many forms of the species. Mediterranean; W Mediterranean. Zone 5.
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Leucojum autumnale var. oporanthum ~ In this variant whose not particularly illuminating moniker translates as "autumn flowering" the leaves are relatively tardy in their appearance. Its scapes can reach a lofty 10 inches tall. It comes from the mountains of extreme northwestern Morocco, just across the Straits from Spain. Mediterranean; W Mediterranean. Zone 5.
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Leucojum autumnale var. oporanthum f. dispathaceum ~ Last but not least in at least two respects, here's a form with two floral spathes rather than the usual one, as well as a whole lot of characters in its botanical name. Mediterranean; W Mediterranean. Zone 5.
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Leucojum ionicum ssp. vlorense ~ This newly described species (and subspecies) makes an excellent new addition to the roster of fall-blooming leucojums. The white, cup-shaped flowers nod from 4-inch scapes in September. It likes its summers relatively dry (give it gritty soil in areas with frequent summer rainfall). Mediterranean; Albania. Zone 6.
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Leucojum trichophyllum pink form JJA.630.501 ~ A soft rose-pink spring snowflake for Mediterranean gardens (including those where its namesake rarely appears), as well as for sharply drained sites in more humid, snow-prone climes, this outstanding selection nods its funnel-shaped blooms from 8-inch scapes in late winter and earliest spring above bristling clumps of slender wiry leaves. Acidic soil and full sun are best. Mediterranean; Portugal to Morocco. Zone 7.
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MERENDERA (Liliaceae)
 
Often merged with Colchicum, but distinguished from that genus (as is Bulbocodium vernum) by their completely separate (rather than basally fused) "petals", which open starrily in full sun, the merenderas make "excellent plants for collectors" (Jelitto & Schacht), rock gardeners, and colchiphiles. They like sun and well-drained soil.  
Merendera sobolifera ~ In late winter and earliest spring the curious, rhizome-like corms of this little cutie send up crowds of inch-wide, pale-pink star-flowers, making it an ideal candidate for an alpine trough, sand bed, or any other niche with moderately dry soil in summer. Steppe/Montane; Caucasus to N Iran. Zone 6.
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MUSCARI (Hyacinthaceae)
Grape hyacinth
 
Muscari argaei 'Album' ~ Sometimes included in M. armeniacum, this rarely offered form bears bunches of creamy white "grapes" rather later in the season than most of its kin. Mediterranean; S Greece. Zone 5.
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Muscari leucostomum ~ Black-blue, white-fringed "grapes" are freely produced in April on 6-to 8-inch stems. As striking as it is obscure, and readily cultivated in a sunny, well-drained site. Steppe; central Asia. Zone 6.
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Muscari pallens ~ Not one of the imposters usually sold under this name, but a striking selection with short racemes of ethereal, palest blue bells on 5-inch scapes in May. It prefers full sun and well-drained, loamy soil that doesn't dry out in summer. Modified continental/Montane; C Caucasus. Zone 5.
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Muscari tenuiflorum (Leopoldia tenuiflora) ~ Terminal, crazy-hair clusters of bright violet-purple sterile flowers contrast whimsically with the creamy tubular flowers that line the lower portions of the 20-inch tall stems. This showiest of the so-called tassel hyacinths does well in a warm, sunny, gritty niche. Mediterranean/Steppe/Modified continental/Montane; C Europe to W Asia. Zone 5. SOLD OUT
1/$8

NARCISSUS (Amaryllidaceae)
Daffodil; jonquil
 
Narcissus assoanus ~ The inch-wide, short-cupped, intensely fragrant flowers of this adorable miniature Jonquilla are held atop 8-inch stems in early spring. Its rush-like leaves were referenced in its former (and more propitious) name, Narcissus juncifolius. It prospers in sun and well-drained soil. Mediterranean; SW Europe. Zone 6.
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Narcissus nobilis ~ The trumpet of this lovely Pyrenees wildling is of the same form and color as that of the prototypical trumpet daffodil, Narcissus pseudonarcissus (of which it is sometimes considered a subspecies) – but the "petals" are white, save for some yellow staining at the base. Like many of the wild narcissus, the segments are relatively narrow and are twisted in propeller fashion. Maritime/Montane; N Spain & Portugal. Zone 5.
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Narcissus poeticus var. physaloides JMH.8217 ~ The name – which loosely translates as Chinese lantern poet's narcissus – is not a botanical hoax, but rather a reference to this variety's intriguingly inflated buds. Of perhaps greater interest to gardeners, though, is that they open into one or sometimes two alabaster-white, 2-1/2-inch-wide flowers, bearing the small, red-rimmed corona and the intense fragrance for which the species is renowned. More compact (8 to 12 inches tall) than commonly cultivated forms, it shares their May bloom and their preference for moist soil and partial shade. Mediterranean/Maritime; S France. Zone 5. SOLD OUT
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Narcissus pseudonarcissus ex Picos de Europa AMH.7821 ~ A selection from mountains of northern Spain of the species that gave rise to the trumpet daffodil. Put a little wild back into your bulb plantings. Maritime/Montane; N Spain & Portugal. Zone 5.
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NECTAROSCORDUM (Alliaceae)
Honey garlic
 
Nectaroscordum tripedale ~ Surpassing in beauty the far-better-known (but also lovely) N. siculum, this close relative of Allium wows onlookers with its fountaining umbels of drooping, pink (suffused with green), 3/4-inch bells on 3-foot stems in June. The effect is of a grander, pinker, denser- (and larger-) flowered N. siculum. It prospers in well-drained soil in sun or light shade. As always supply is limited and demand will be high, so please order early. Modified continental/Montane; Caucasus. Zone 5. SOLD OUT
1/$15

ORNITHOGALUM (Hyacinthaceae)
Star of Bethlehem
 
We've said it many times and we'll say it again: ornithogalums (or at least the ones we offer) ARE NOT WEEDS. They're durable, adaptable, beautiful, well-behaved garden citizens, comprising some of the best bulbs for the perennial border, rock garden, and alpine house. We think it unreasonable and just a tad obtuse to dismiss them wholesale because one or two thugs have blotted their family (or, rather, generic) escutcheon. Even though gardeners seem to have let the black sheep prejudice them against the entire genus (which is the only reason we can come up with for its lack of popularity), we will continue to offer these wonderful plants, and to enjoy the unsold surplus ourselves.  So there.

 
Ornithogalum exscapum ~ As our opening rebuttal to the "ornithogalums are thugs" canard, we submit this highly gardenworthy species, which in April earns its botanical moniker by throwing clusters of starry, white, green-veined blooms on scapes that barely clear the arching grassy leaves. Like most of the compact models of ornithogalum, it grows best in well-drained, sunny sites, and is perfect for a rock garden, patio, or wall. Mediterranean/Montane; S Europe. Zone 5.
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Ornithogalum fimbriatum ~ Another lovely little ornithogalum, this one bears flowers that are similar in vein to the above - except for their lack of veining. It is also a bit longer in the scape and broader and hairier in the leaf. Borne in conspicuous bunches, the snowy blooms are most pleasing in the April garden, opening wide in full sun. Modified continental/Montane; Ukraine to Turkey. Zone 5.
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Ornithogalum fimbriatum 'Ai-Petri' ~ Isn't it nice when a species comes in several beautiful variations? Here the leaves are much narrower than the type and covered with dense hairs. It's also slightly more compact than typical O. fimbriatum. It is similarly endowed with dense umbels of pure white flowers. Modified continental/Montane; Crimea. Zone 5.
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Ornithogalum fimbriatum 'Oreanda' ~ Same species, different look, with broader leaves and taller (6-inch) scapes than usual. Equally beautiful, though. Modified continental; Crimea. Zone 5
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Ornithogalum magnum ~ It's a complete puzzlement why this "stately species with beautiful white flowers" (Jelitto & Schacht) is so little seen in American gardens. Three-foot-tall scapes bear large, green-striped blooms in late May and June. Easily cultivated, well-behaved, and perfect for the sunny perennial border. Modified continental; SW Russia. Zone 5. SOLD OUT
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Ornithogalum narbonense ~ Here we have another unaccountably scarce species, long treasured for its elegant, steepled, 18- to 24-inch racemes of pure-white flowers (with narrow green midstripes) in June. The gray-green foliage adds further ornament. Grows easily and self-sows moderately in a sunny site. Mediterranean/Steppe; SE Europe to C Asia. Zone 6.
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Ornithogalum oreoides ~ The pleasing white-flowered umbels of this eastern European ornithogalum are held on 5-inch stems, placing them above Ornithogalum fimbriatum but below Ornithogalum platyphyllum. Another wonderful ornithogalous toy for your garden! Modified continental/Montane; Bulgaria to Ukraine. Zone 5. SOLD OUT
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Ornithogalum platyphyllum ~ Ground-hugging heads of large white blooms elongate into elegant, airy clusters on foot-tall scapes, giving the appearance of a low-rise Ornithogalum magnum. The late-spring blooms neatly fill the altitudinal gap between the earthbound ornithogalums and their statelier kin. Splendid. 1/$5
Ornithogalum ponticum 'Sochi' ~ Dense, showy spikes of dazzling white flowers (on 2-foot stems) in June make this recent introduction one of the best of the many outstanding tall ornithogalums (which means it's also one of the best ornamentals for the early summer border). Modified continental/Montane; Caucasus. Zone 5.
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Ornithogalum pyramidale ~ Louise Beebe Wilder lamented the scarcity of this cousin of O. narbonense   and its undeserved obscurity continues today. "The neat pyramid-shaped heads of starry white flowers have distinctiveness and charm," says G.S. Thomas. June-blooming; 2 to 3 feet tall; and anything but a weed. Modified continental; C Europe. Zone 5. SOLD OUT
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Ornithogalum pyrenaicum var. flavescens ~ Yes, there is such a thing as an ornithogalum that is NOT white (with green highlighting). This variety bears the usual star-shaped flowers in an offbeat hue pale sulfur yellow. The flowers are spaced along scapes that approach 3 feet in height. The young flower stalks are used as edibles in parts of Europe   hence the common name Bath asparagus. Modified continental/Steppe; E Europe. Zone 5. SOLD OUT
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Ornithogalum schmalhausenii ~ Yet another beautiful (and well-mannered) dwarf ornithogalum, producing conspicuous clusters of white, green-splashed blooms that nestle among channeled, hairless, hyacinth-like leaves. It may be synonymous with the more qwerty-friendly O. balansae. Mediterranean/Montane; Caucacus to N Turkey. Zone 5.
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ODYSSEY BULBS
PO Box 382
South Lancaster, MA  01561
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