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2020 CATALOG BY GENUS
Allium
Anemone
Arisaema
Arum
Bellevalia
Camassia
Cardamine
Chionodoxa
Colchicum
Convallaria
Corydalis
Fall Crocus
Spring Crocus
Eranthis
Erythronium
Fritillaria
Galanthus
Geranium
Gladiolus
Hyacinthoides
Iris
Leucojum
Merendera
Muscari
Narcissus
Nectaroscordum
Ostrowskia
Ornithogalum
Polygonatum
Puschkinia
Sanguinaria
Scilla
Tecophilaea
Tulipa

LEUCOJUM
Snowflake
 
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 largely 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 f. dispathaceum ~ This vigorous and hardy form of variety oporanthum has double the spathes and double the infraspecific epithets. More importantly, it's also one of the most floriferous and garden-worthy variants of one of the best fall-blooming bulbs. Mediterranean/Montane; N Morocco. Zone 5.
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MERENDERA
 
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
Grape hyacinth
 
Muscari adilii ~ A valuable addition to the cultivated grape hyacinth tribe, this recently discovered and well-behaved species from north-central Turkey bears a dense mini-spire of relatively large flowers that phase from summer-sky-blue above to blue-black below. This may be its first offering in the U.S. Steppe/Montane; N 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 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
Daffodil; jonquil
 
Narcissus asturiensis 'Wavertree' (Narcissus cerrolazae) ~ Marvelously miniaturized, perfectly shaped, half-inch-wide trumpet daffodils are deployed on the 3-inch flower stems of this rare and adorable jewel of a narcissus. Blooming early in the narcissus season, it does well in humus-rich, gritty, neutral soil in light shade. Rarely available. This outstanding form derives from the eponymous estate in Sevenoaks, England. Maritime/Montane N Spain. Zone 5.
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Narcissus flavus (Narcissus cerrolazae) ~ Several relatively large, intensely fragrant, bright golden jonquils with scalloped coronas open atop each 10-inch scape in early spring. Rarely offered, it's one of the best jonquilla types for the open garden. Mediterranean/Montane S Spain. 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 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 (Narcissus × taitii) ~ 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
Honey garlic
 
Nectaroscordum meliophilum (Nectaroscordum siculum ssp. dioscoridis) ~ New to the catalog in 2020, this eximious and highly sought-after species is in effect a shorter, somewhat deeper-hued take on Nectaroscordum tripedale. It's also much rarer. Dense umbels of purple-pink and olive-green bells arise on stout 2-foot stems in May. Only a few available this year. Modified continental; Crimea. Zone 5.
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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
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 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 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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