Bulbs for Shade

Ellen Hornig hornig@oswego.edu
Wed, 10 Jul 2013 15:45:24 PDT
I have several large Veratrum (melanthium) virginicum in bloom now, and I
will testify that the smell is pronounced and unpleasant.  I'd describe it
as stale urine. but why quibble about barnyard odors, eh?  Whatever it is,
it's far-reaching and unattractive.  The flowers, however, are glorious to
look at.

Ellen


On Wed, Jul 10, 2013 at 6:24 PM, aaron floden <aaron_floden@yahoo.com>wrote:

> Is that correctly identified? It looks suspiciously like virginicum which
> should be flowering now and is too early for latifolium which is not yet in
> flower here yet in the wild.
> I have smelled parviflorum and woodii as well and they have  distinctly
> putrid marine water smell. Your description of the fragance is much how I
> would describe for virginicum; cloyingly sweet, but with undertones of
> urine and cow dung with a tendency to produce mild headaches.
>
>  Aaron
>  E Tennessee
>
>
>
>
> ________________________________
>  From: Mark McDonough <antennaria@charter.net>
> To: pbs@lists.ibiblio.org
> Sent: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 9:32 AM
> Subject: Re: [pbs] Bulbs for Shade
>
>
> A potential plant to consider for shade is Melanthium latifolium, the
> Slender Bunchflower, found growing in "dry, rocky, wooded slopes" in a
> limited north to south distribution in Eastern USA. It is pictured and
> discussed in more detail on NARGS Forum:
> https://nargs.org/forum/melanthium-bunchflower/
>
> Mark McDonough
> USDA Zone 5
> Massachusetts, near the New Hampshire border, USA
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