Bulbs that flower without leaves--TOW

Rodger Whitlock totototo@mail.pacificcoast.net
Wed, 06 Aug 2003 07:13:09 PDT
On  3 Aug 03 at 7:57, Mary Sue Ittner wrote:

> The topic this week was inspired by an unanswered question on
> another bulb list and that was which bulbs flower without leaves.

> For the sake of this discussion let us focus on those plants that
> break dormancy with flowers first followed by leaves later.

Cyclamen hederifolium sends up its first flowers long before the 
leaves emerge.

Cyclamen coum more or less leafs out simultaneously with the
appearance of the leaves in late fall or early winter.

For the life of me, I can't tell you what Cc. repandum  and 
pseudibericum do: I have a funny idea that C. repandum actually leafs 
out quite late, not long before the flowers appear, but don't quote 
me. I'll have to pay closer attention this winter.

Galanthus reginae-olgae, at least some forms of it, flowers before 
its leaves emerge.

Leucojum roseum is in flower as I write, triggered by watering. No 
leaves yet. Ditto for L. autumnale.

At the other end of the seaason, Eranthis hyemalis flowers before the 
leaves are much developed.

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
"To co-work is human,
to cow-ork, bovine."

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