Thanks to Harold Koopowitz for the correction on identification of fall-flowering Narcissus species. I see I've been perpetuating an error, and will examine the plants I'm growing here and relabel as appropriate. As I recall, all those I have grown from seed have orange coronas and non-inflated tubes. In answer to his question, yes, Galanthus peshmenii is autumn-flowering. Also, everywhere I saw it, it was growing in very sharply drained situations, even in the detritus on top of big boulders (the seeds must have been brought there by ants), and in shade. Here, it flowers somewhat later than G. reginae-olgae; that species I also saw growing in deep shade, but here in Oregon it does fine in sun. Jane McGary Thank you for the correction onAt 04:54 PM 11/7/2008, you wrote: >Hi Jane: > >I enjoyed your article in this issue of the bulb garden. We went to >Crete at about the same time a few years ago. It was great fun. I >have a question and a comment. Is Galanthus peshmenii autumn flowering? > >Narcissus serotinus has been confused for centuries. The true N. >serotinus is a smaller flower and has a lemon yellow corona with an >inflated floral tube. Your flower with its orange corona is actually >N. miniatus, the allopolyploid natural hybrid between N. serotinus >and N. elegans. This has been confirmed by recent DNA analysis. All >of the floras of the Mediterranean are wrong about the identity. This >is an ancient hybrid, today the true N. serotinus is confined to >Morocco, southern Portugal and a few sites in western Spain while the >hybrid covers most of the Mediterranean.