Narcissus on the wiki

Cynthia Mueller
Tue, 01 Feb 2005 06:48:15 PST
Dear All,

Does anyone know where I could find some bulbs of an old fashioned
narcissus named 'Swan Neck', or 'Silver Bells'?  They seemed to be
common years ago in the South, and may be descended from N. moscheutos. 
Does anyone know of living N. moscheutos that have survived in gardens
for a number of years?  Typically the single white flower points

Cynthia Mueller
College Station, Tx

>>> 01/31/05 3:10 PM >>>
Dear All,

I have added some of the fall and winter blooming Narcissus pictures to
wiki. Most of these are still in bloom at the moment. I know there are
Narcissus experts on our list so I hope you will correct any that I've

named improperly. The first are on the Narcissus species page:… 

I'm including some of the text from the existing pictures on the wiki
with my additions for your references. The Narcissus cantabricus I grow
from Bill Dijk originally. I had one labeled Narcissus monophyllus, but
understand N. cantabricus is the correct name. I'm growing mine in 
containers where I can shelter them from the often heavy rain we can
get in 
November and December when they are in bloom. They are such welcome 
additions that time of the year.

 From the wiki:
Narcissus cantabricus This "hoop petticoat" species comes from southern

Spain, the Balearic Islands, Algeria, and Morocco, and is extremely 
variable with several subspecies. The plant identified in the photo as

"clusii" (not a valid taxonomic name) was grown from seed obtained from
Scottish Rock Garden Club exchange and is probably identical or very 
similar to plants grown in the UK under this identifying or "garden"
It has upfacing pure white flowers on very short stems. Photo by Jane

In northern California these plants start blooming in the fall
as early as October) and continue to bloom for months, often until
Photos by Mary Sue Ittner……

Narcissus psedonarcissus is growing in the ground where recently it was

blooming the same day as an Iris unguicularis that has been sending up

these gorgeous blooms for months every now and then. It is one of those

lucky unplanned combinations in my garden.

 From the wiki:
Narcissus pseudonarcissus from Europe is a very variable species both
size and in color (white to yellow or bicolored.) Perhaps someone can
me identify which subspecies this one is blooming in January 2005.
Photo by 
Mary Sue Ittner.…

I'm including the wiki text for the other Narcissus romieuxii pictures
this message because Arnold's look so different from the rest. For one

thing the color is not the pale yellow of the others. Is there that
variation in this species? I love these plants that start to bloom in 
December here in northern California and some years last for months.

 From the wiki:
Narcissus romieuxii is very similar to Narcissus bulbocodium but is 
distinguished by have a short pedicel and protruding stamens. Flowers
pale yellow. This is an early flowering species (winter) and is a
native of 
Morocco. Photo by Arnold Trachtenberg. Grown from seed indoors under

Narcissus romieuxii 'Julia Jane' flowering in mid winter. Grown and 
photographed by Rob Hamilton.…

Narcissus romieuxii subsp. albidus var. zaianicus is described as
upward-facing pale lemon flowers with shorter tepals than the
My plants were identified as Narcissus romieuxii var. zaianicus.
of the correct name this is a very satisfactory plant, blooming well
year between late December and March, sometimes for months. Photo by
Sue Ittner.…

Narcissus romieuxii subsp. romieuxii var. rifanus flowering in January
northwestern Oregon, in a bulb frame. Purchased as seed (under the name
riffanus) from Monocot Nursery, collector's number SL333. Native to 
Morocco. These plants do not have the green tips on the petals
mentioned by 
John Blanchard in "Narcissus: A Guide to Wild Daffodils" but otherwise

conform to his description. Photo by Jane McGary…

Finally I added some pictures of a new one for me from Dave Karnstedt.
became interested in the Barwick hybrids after our joint Narcissus
topic of 
the week with Alpine-l last year. People wrote about what good plants
were. I'm a great fan of Miss Marple so having 'Smarple' was my choice
I'm thrilled for it to be in bloom.… 

Narcissus 'Smarple' is one of the Rod Barwick 'Detective hybrids' named
fictional detectives. (Smarple = MisS MARPLE). These hybrids may
from moisture in the soil at their roots during their dormancy.
grown and flowering in January 2005 in California. The buds are a
yellow and once the flowers open they become a very pale creamy yellow.

Photos by Mary Sue Ittner.……

This is my spring is coming present for you in colder climates!

Mary Sue

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