Odyssey Bulbs PO Box 382
South Lancaster, MA 01561
978-333-0139
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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
PINELLIA (Araceae)
Asian green dragon
 
Pinellia pedatisecta ~ With its many-segmented compound leaf and its long, sinuous spadix which protrudes like a dragon's tongue from a narrow green spathe, this – the largest member (18 inches tall) of a genus of diminutive aroids – superficially resembles the native green dragon, Arisaema dracontium. It differs in several respects, however, including in its continual season-long bloom and its penchant for seeding (and bulbiling) itself about, prolifically so in areas with warm, humid summers. BECAUSE OF ITS INVASIVE POTENTIAL IN SOUTHERN GARDENS WE WILL SELL IT ONLY TO CUSTOMERS IN ZONES 4 THROUGH 6. It prefers some shade, but any site that's not too parched will suffice. Modified continental/Continental; N & W China. Zone 4.
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Pinellia tripartita ~ Consider this the alter-ego to the semi-goth Pinellia pedatisecta (see above). Miniature green papoose-shaped spathes with long whip-like spadices hover above dapper clumps of creased, three-parted leaves (which could easily be mistaken for those of a miniature jack in the pulpit). For all its cute, it's still a Pinellia (i.e., expect babies). It prefers partial shade, but tolerates a wide range of conditions. Modified continental/Maritime; Japan. Zone 5.
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POLYGONATUM (Liliaceae)
Solomon's seal
 
Polygonatum humile ~ Pleated, shiny, oval leaves staggered along erect, 8-inch-tall stems give the impression of a robust P. hookeri. The dangling white bell-flowers in spring are relatively large in proportion to the herbage. Well-drained, humus-rich soil and partial shade are best. Modified continental/Continental/Maritime; E Asia. Zone 4.
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Polygonatum × hybridum 'Striatum' ~ The crinkled, dark green, generously cream-streaked leaves of 'Striatum' are considerably showier than those of long-time favorite P. odoratum 'Variegatum'. Clusters of dangling alabaster-white bell-flowers with green-tinged tips adorn the arching, 18-inch-tall stems in late spring. Partial shade and a woodsy soil will keep it happy. Modified continental/Continental/Maritime; Eurasia. Zone 4.
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PUSCHKINIA (Hyacinthaceae)
Striped squill
 
Puschkinia scilloides 'Alba' ~ Puschkinias don't get any more pulchritudinous than this rarely offered, pure swan-white form, which blends beautifully with its blue congeners. The milky bells open in crowded spikes in early spring. Modified continental/Montane. Zone 5. SOLD OUT
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Puschkinia scilloides 'Aragats' Gem' ~ From Armenia's Mt. Aragats to your garden, here is a major advance over the material commonly available in the trade, with larger flowers in fuller racemes. It so far surpasses other cultivated forms that you may find yourself wanting to stage a puschkinia putsch. Modified continental/Montane. Zone 5. SOLD OUT
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Puschkinia scilloides 'Sky Vision' ~ Announcing the new Queen of the Striped Squills. The light hyacinth-blue flowers (with the usual deep blue midstripes) are larger and deeper in hue than those of other forms, and there are more of them. Time to start building that puschkinia collection! Modified continental/Montane. Zone 5.
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RANUNCULUS (Ranunculaceae)
 
Ranunculus kochii (Ficaria fascicularis) ~ This smaller, more floriferous, well-behaved cousin of Ranunculus ficaria produces bunches of shiny yellow flowers in late winter. It's an excellent and non-hegemonous choice for early color in a trough or rock garden. Montane.; W Asia Zone 5.
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SCILLA (Hyacinthaceae)
Squill
 
Scilla amoena ~ The squills possess many riches beyond Scilla siberica – including this pleasing woodlander, which has been cultivated since the 16th century. Purple-tinged scapes carry clusters of 3 to 6 blue, starry flowers in April above lax, sedge-like leaves. Likes moist, woodsy conditions. Modified continental; SE Europe. Zone 5.
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Scilla hohenackeri BSBE.559 We have yet to see a spring squill that is not beautiful, and the Caspian bluebell is surely among the most beguiling. Clusters of large light purple-blue flowers whose segments reflex to reveal black anthers open on 4-inch stems in late winter. Each segment is ornamented with a sky-blue midrib, which adds a final note of beauty and elegance. Steppe/Montane; Caspian region. Zone 5. SOLD OUT
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Scilla ingridae ~ Take a Siberian squill, increase its size, intensify its color, and start its blooming season a few days earlier, and you've got a standout bulb for the late-winter garden. Or, rather, WE'VE got it. Modified continental/Mediterranean; S Europe. Zone 5.
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STERNBERGIA (Amaryllidaceae)
 
Sternbergia greuteriana ~ Effectively (and possibly taxonomically) a lesser version of Sternbergia lutea, this little charmer is ideal for a small, summer-dry trough. Its numerous yellow flowers with rather narrow segments appear in mid-autumn, just when you could use some sunshine. Mediterranean; Greek islands. Zone 6. SOLD OUT
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Sternbergia lutea ex Iran ~ This Iranian form of one of the most sought-after ornamental plants should be hardier than the Greek forms typically (if rarely) offered. Its bright yellow flowers open a bit later in fall than those of our other, Peloponnesian form. As with most other forms of the species, it does well in classic Mediterranean/Steppe conditions – somewhat moist in winter, and rather dry in summer (i.e., it benefits from well-drained soil in areas such as the eastern U.S.). Steppe; W Iran. Zone 6.
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Sternbergia lutea ex Peloponnese ~ The necessity of possessing this large, lemon-yellow form of the iconic "autumn daffodil" should be self-evident to any gardener who has been posessed by sternbergia lust (or bulb/plant lust in general). Mediterranean; Greece. Zone 6.
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TECOPHILAEA (Techophilaceae)
 
Tecophilaea cyanocrocus ~ The legendary Chilean blue crocus, whose "exquisite flowers" (Bryan) are not just any blue, but a deep, saturated, luminous blue of a purity and intensity rarely found in nature. The 1-1/2-inch, white-veined, trumpet-shaped, violet-scented blooms appear on 4-inch stems in spring. A spectacular subject for a cool greenhouse, or possibly outdoors in milder districts of the western U.S, it needs rich, gritty soil and a dryish rest in summer. Always in short supply and high demand.Montane/Mediterranean; W Central Chile. Zone 5. SOLD OUT
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Tecophilaea cyanocrocus 'Leichtlinii' ~ An equally ravishing form of a lighter, ethereal, summer-sky blue, with a generous white eye.Montane/Mediterranean; W Central Chile. Zone 5. SOLD OUT
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TULIPA (Liliaceae)
Tulip
 

Offering some of the most spectacular and elegant flowers in the genus, "species tulips" are also valuable for their relative longevity and for their adaptability to conditions most tulip hybrids can't tolerate. T. clusiana and T . saxatilis , for example, are among the few tulips that thrive and flower in southern California, the southeast U.S., and other mild-winter areas. It is a group of bulbs that deserves considerably more attention from gardeners.  Unless stated otherwise, they prefer well-drained soil and sun.
 
Tulipa biflora ~ A number of Central Asian tulip species produce elfin white flowers with yellow centers over clumps of narrow leaves. All of them are charming (this one included). They also appreciate lots of sun, and not so much summer moisture (coarse, fertile soil works well). Steppe; C Asia. Zone 5.
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Tulipa bifloriformis ~ This endearing species produces white, yellow-eyed star-flowers in early spring, several blooms per 3- to 4-inch stem. Steppe; C Asia. Zone 5.
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Tulipa bifloriformis 'Starlight' ~ This superior selection produces white, yellow-eyed star-flowers in early spring on 2- to 3-inch stems. The flowers are brighter in hue and more compact in habit than those of the form that's commonly offered. Steppe; C Asia. Zone 5.
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Tulipa binutans ~ Although taxonomists have assigned this to Tulipa biflora, its nodding buds give it a different look in the garden. The flowers face upward when they open, but the scapes resume their nodding habit post-bloom. Steppe; C Asia. Zone 5.
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Tulipa dubia ~ This lovely thing bears bright-yellow, 3-inch-wide flowers – their exteriors stained purplish pink – on 10-inch stems in April. Sun and good drainage are a must. Steppe/Montane; C Asia. Zone 5.
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Tulipa dubia Beldersai ~ The boldly maroon-striped leaves make for an especially striking form of an already beautiful tulip. Steppe/Montane; C Asia. Zone 5.
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Tulipa kaufmanniana Ugam ~ This new selection from the wilds of Kazakhstan bears lovely rosy-pink flowers with white "petal" margins and white interiors on relatively tall (12- to 15-inch) stems very early in the tulip season. Steppe/Montane; Kazakhstan. Zone 5.
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Tulipa sprengeri aff. ~ Its red flowers with burgundy interiors and its late spring bloom time give this unidentified tulip a considerable resemblance to the renowned T. sprengeri. We're not sure whether it's allied to same, or whether it will self-sow. In any case, it's valuable for extending the tulip bloom season.Steppe; C Asia. Zone 5. SOLD OUT
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Tulipa vvedenskyi ~ Va-va-voom. Although 'Tangerine Beauty,' the commonly offered clone of this species, is a perfectly nice plant, it certainly doesn't supersede the original. So allow us to reintroduce you to this "beautiful, but rare species" (Jelitto & Schacht), with vivid (or is it vved?), red-orange, wide-flaring flowers – shaded yellow at their centers – on 8- to 12-inch stems in April. The narrow, gray-green leaves are also attractive.
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Tulipa gold hybrid ~ Glowing golden-yellow flowers with scarlet-flamed and chocolate-eyed centers are held on compact stems in early spring. Maroon streaks ornament the gray-green leaves. We have yet to put a name to this excellent Ruksans hybrid of T. vvedenskyi hybrid. Zone 5. Modified continental/Montane. Zone 5.
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Tulipa 'Goldmine' ~ Buttercup-yellow, short-stemmed goblets with orange-flamed exteriors and black, scarlet-haloed centers are produced in early spring over maroon-streaked, blue-green leaves. Janis Ruksans is responsible for this T. vvedenskyi hybrid as well, and it's one of his best. Zone 5. Modified continental/Montane. Zone 5.
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Tulipa 'Latvian Gold' ~ Yet another in the series of lovely T. vvedenskyi hybrids from Janis Ruksans, 'Latvian Gold' flaunts large creamy-yellow flowers that deepen to butter-yellow lower down. Their centers and exteriors are accented with raspberry-red markings. The flowers arise in April on 4-inch-elongating-to-12-inch stems that are clothed with undulating, maroon-mottled leaves. Zone 5.
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Tulipa 'My Support' ~ The rich orange flowers of this striking but rarely offered Ruksans hybrid have yellow streaking and golden-yellow eyes. Zone 5.
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Tulipa 'Swing' ~ Jazzy, glossy, brilliant vermillion flowers bring loads of swing and zing to the early spring garden. Once again, we have Janis Ruksans to thank for this dazzling T. vvedenskyi hybrid. Zone 5.
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ODYSSEY BULBS
PO Box 382
South Lancaster, MA  01561
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