The scent of Fritillaria camschatensis
Sun, 11 Jan 2009 21:46:16 PST
"Dirty diaper" isn't right. It's fairly closely akin in odor to Frit. 
imperialis; "foxy" is the usual descriptive term. There's no hint in it of the 
scent of urine, nor of the skatoles that make human feces so malodorous.

F.c. is, however, more pungent that F.i. though its scent doesn't waft about 
the garden in the same way.

Do not, under any circumstances, cut F.c. for the house. You will need a gas 
mask to re-enter once the flowers have warmed up and starting smelling.

Does anyone know just what class of compounds give these plants their scent, 

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Maritime Zone 8, a cool Mediterranean climate
on beautiful Vancouver Island…

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