Narcissus triandrus albus

Bulborum Botanicum
Sat, 03 Nov 2012 12:31:45 PDT
Good to hear Jane
that means it should be hardy here normally


2012/11/3 Jane McGary <>

> Roland wrote:
> >I am working on it
> >try to get real good mother-plants
> >
> >Narcissus triandrus albus was always collected in the nature
> >forbidden for the harvest there was no stock to grow
> >and because not completely hardy (as far as i know)
> >not really interesting to grow for the commercial growers
> Many years ago I bought bulbs of this plant from an importer that I
> now suspect was selling wild-collected bulbs. Some years later, a
> Dutch bulb grower visited my garden, saw it, and asked for bulbs
> because he said it was an unusually good form. I sent them to him
> that summer, but I don't know if the form ever entered commerce.
> (Muscari muscarimi 'Frost', with the same history, has done so.) I
> didn't know it was unusual, but it is larger than the forms I have
> since grown from wild-collected seed. I brought the "good" form with
> me when I moved recently, and it is still flourishing. It has been
> perfectly hardy outdoors in temperatures down to about 12 F, growing
> in rich soil in a raised bed designed mostly for ericaceous plants. I
> won't offer seed of it to the PBS, though, because I grow so many
> Narcissus in close proximity that any seed is likely to produce hybrids.
> I seem to recall reading that f. albus is actually the more common
> color form of N. triandrus, and the yellow form is more unusual to
> find. The latter is a pleasing light, clear yellow, as I've grown it
> from seed from the Archibalds. I don't have any experience with the
> hybrids, but some were bred at Mitsch Nursery near my home, so they
> should be hardy down to the mid-teens Fahrenheit.
> This is just one more example of why it's important to keep growing a
> variety of clones from wild populations, though now we know that
> collected seeds are what we should use, not collected bulbs. We
> should all do our best to support reputable and ethical seed
> collectors. Chris Chadwell is still pursuing his longstanding
> practice of selling shares in his expeditions (and I bought one
> recently, hoping my efforts in helping arrange his US lecture tour
> next spring will encourage him to treat me to some of the cream of
> the crop, which has not always been the case for US investors).
> Jane McGary
> Portland, Oregon, USA
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