Narcissus on the wiki

Mary Sue Ittner
Mon, 31 Jan 2005 13:10:33 PST
Dear All,

I have added some of the fall and winter blooming Narcissus pictures to the 
wiki. Most of these are still in bloom at the moment. I know there are many 
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 along 
with my additions for your references. The Narcissus cantabricus I grow was 
from Bill Dijk originally. I had one labeled Narcissus monophyllus, but I 
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 the 
Scottish Rock Garden Club exchange and is probably identical or very 
similar to plants grown in the UK under this identifying or "garden" name. 
It has upfacing pure white flowers on very short stems. Photo by Jane McGary.…

In northern California these plants start blooming in the fall (sometimes 
as early as October) and continue to bloom for months, often until January. 
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 in 
size and in color (white to yellow or bicolored.) Perhaps someone can help 
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 in 
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 much 
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 are 
pale yellow. This is an early flowering species (winter) and is a native of 
Morocco. Photo by Arnold Trachtenberg. Grown from seed indoors under HID 

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

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

Narcissus romieuxii subsp. romieuxii var. rifanus flowering in January in 
northwestern Oregon, in a bulb frame. Purchased as seed (under the name N. 
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. I 
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 they 
were. I'm a great fan of Miss Marple so having 'Smarple' was my choice and 
I'm thrilled for it to be in bloom.…

Narcissus 'Smarple' is one of the Rod Barwick 'Detective hybrids' named for 
fictional detectives. (Smarple = MisS MARPLE). These hybrids may benefit 
from moisture in the soil at their roots during their dormancy. Container 
grown and flowering in January 2005 in California. The buds are a darker 
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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