Odyssey Bulbs PO Box 382
South Lancaster, MA 01561
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2019 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
Ostrowskia
Polygonatum
Puschkinia
Ranunculus
Scilla
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 dainty little crystalline bells, one or two to a 6-inch scape, hung on hairlike pedicels. A touch of pink sometimes suffuses the white blooms. 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. 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 strait from Spain, and seems quite hardy here. Mediterranean; W Mediterranean. Zone 5.
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Leucojum autumnale var. oporanthum f. dispathaceum ~ This form of variety oporanthum has double the spathes and double the infraspecific epithets. The extra spathe seems to have no effect on its comparative hardiness and vigor. Mediterranean; W Mediterranean. Zone 5.
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Leucojum autumnale var. pulchellum ~ Yet another variety from the Strait of Gibraltar (the terrestrial part), with somewhat fuller flowers, thanks partly to inner segments that lack the toothed tips characteristic of other forms of the species. The leaves emerge with the flowers. Rarely offered. Mediterranean; W Mediterranean. Zone 5.
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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 (Colchicum soboliferum) ~ 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 anatolicum Giant Form ~ Sometimes "giant" is petite, as is the case with this Brobdingnagian selection of a recently discovered, Lilliputian grape hyacinth. And it's a little gem, with 4-inch spikelets of proportionately large, deep charcoal-blue "grapes" with white-fringed mouths, topped by a crest of smaller, bright sky-blue sterile flowers. Mediterranean/Montane; W Turkey. Zone 5.
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Muscari armeniacum 'Saffier' ~ In a group of bulbs that are in some cases maddeningly similar, this distinctive cultivar stands out, and over an exceptionally prolonged flowering season. Closed, turban-shaped blooms deepen from green-blue to midnight-blue over many weeks from mid to late spring, eventually becoming quite widely spaced on the flower scape as it elongates to 8 inches or more. Mediterranean/Montane. Zone 5.
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Muscari aucheri true-to-name ~ Most supposed M. aucheri in the trade are actually forms of the ubiquitous M. armeniacum. We've got a few bulbs of the real deal. It's smaller, less prolific, and lighter blue than its imposter congener, and a lovely little thing for rock gardens, troughs, and the like. Modified continental/Montane; N Turkey. Zone 5.
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Muscari azureum 'Album' (Pseudomuscari azureum) ~ Here's the all-too-rarely offered, absolutely delightful white form of one of the little charmers from the bell-flowered side of the grape hyacinth tribe. Perfect for a sunny pathside location or other garden niche where its exceptionally early blooms can cheer passersby. Modified continental/Montane; N Turkey. Zone 5.
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Muscari coeleste (Pseudomuscari coeleste) KPPZ 90-318 ~ Sky-blue buds open to icy-blue bells, giving a delicious bicolor effect when this little muscari is at full throttle in early spring. It makes an excellent trough or rock garden companion for other smaller, non-prolific muscari such as M. anatolicum. Steppe; E Turkey. Zone 5.
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Muscari pallens (Pseudomuscari 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, humus-rich soil that doesn't dry out in summer. Modified continental/Montane; C Caucasus. Zone 5.
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Muscari tenuiflorum (Leopoldia tenuiflora) ~ Showy, electroshock topknots of bright violet-blue flowers crown 20-inch scapes that carry whorls of smaller, creamy blooms on their lower reaches. This eye-catching "tassel hyacinth" does well in a warm, sunny, gritty niche. Mediterranean/Steppe/Modified continental/Montane; C Europe to W Asia. Zone 5.
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NARCISSUS (Amaryllidaceae)
Daffodil; jonquil
 
Narcissus italicus ~ This close relative of Narcissus tazetta produces intensely fragrant creamy-white blooms with small golden-yellow coronas in mid- to late winter. It's one of the best winter-cheer plants for Southern (and Pacific Coast) gardens, multiplying into large clumps. Give it porous soil if you're in damp-summer climate. Mediterranean NE Spain. Zone 8.
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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 it differs from most domesticated trumpet narcissi in having "petals" that are white, save for some yellow staining at their 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 × pravianoi ~ N. triandrus and N. primigenius – a close cousin of N. pseudonarcissus – combine to produce this hybrid, which makes it a close ally of the nineteenth century heirloom daffodil known as Queen of Spain. The trumpet-shaped, lemon-yellow corona is collared by a creamy perianth with narrow, back-swept segments. Rare. Exceedingly so. Mediterranean/Montane; 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.
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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 balansae ~ As our opening rebuttal to the "ornithogalums are thugs" canard, we submit this highly gardenworthy species, which produces conspicuous clusters of white, green-splashed blooms that nestle among channeled, hairless, hyacinth-like leaves. Mediterranean/Montane; Caucacus to Balkans. Zone 5.
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Ornithogalum exscapum ~ Eye-catching clusters of starry, white, green-veined blooms appear in April on scapes that barely clear the arching grassy leaves (thus the botanical moniker). 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 '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. It's very close to Ornithogalum arcuatum, to which these bulbs may possibly belong. Modified continental; SW Russia. Zone 5.
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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.
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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.
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ODYSSEY BULBS
PO Box 382
South Lancaster, MA  01561
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