Bulbs that flower without leaves--TOW

J.E. Shields jshields104@insightbb.com
Sun, 03 Aug 2003 10:29:16 PDT
Hi all,

All the Lycoris that I have tried here bloom leafless here in Indiana in 
the late summer (these came from Jim Waddick):  LL. sprengeri, chinensis, 
longituba, and caldwellii.  Also, L. sanguinea and L. radiata radiata 
(neither from Waddick).

All the autumn flowering Colchicum that I have seen flower from leafless 
bulbs:  byzantinum, cilicicum, autumnale, speciosum, bornmeulleri.

Haemanthus coccineus and H. barkerae, in late summer or autumn.

Scadoxus puniceus, in very later winter or very early spring.

Those occur to me off the top of my head.

Jim Shields
in central Indiana

At 07:57 AM 8/3/2003 -0700, Mary Sue wrote:

>The topic this week was inspired by an unanswered question on another bulb 
>list and that was which bulbs flower without leaves. This is a rather 
>broad question since some have leaves that grow and are dying back when 
>they flower. Some of these same bulbs in cultivation away from their 
>native habitat may still have leaves when they flower because the 
>conditions in cultivation are different (temperatures and more regular 
>amounts of moisture for instance.) Others have a dormant period, then 
>flower, and then produce leaves. Then there are even some interesting 
>combinations like Gethyllis that flower in summer without leaves, with a 
>fruit emerging from the ground in autumn before the leaves appear. I think 
>it would be worth growing just to see that happen.

Jim Shields             USDA Zone 5             Shields Gardens, Ltd.
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Westfield, Indiana 46074, USA
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